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Indiana ranks highly among states in government transparency according to two national organizations. The Sunshine Review, a non-partisan government transparency agency, gave Indiana an A- for transparency in state government.
United States Public Interest Research Group also ranked the state as having the third best transparency web portal in the nation. The online system provides information about payments made to specific vendors using taxpayer dollars. U.S. PIRG Tax and Budget Associate Ryan Pierannunzi says Indiana is setting a tone of openness and that other states should take notice.
“Indiana is leading the way in providing more access to government spending information and can serve as a blueprint for other states that are looking to do the same,” he says.
But another study published last month by the Center for Public Integrity called gave Indiana a C minus on its Corruption Risk Report Card. That report graded state governments in a variety of areas, giving Indiana an F for public access to information.