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Report finds Vt. government improving transparency

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Vermont has made big improvements when it comes to the financial transparency of state government. That's according to a coalition of public interest research groups in an annual report called "Following the Money."

The report notes the improvement is due mainly to the creation of a new website called "Spotlight Vermont." The site provides information on the state budget, contracts, tax credits and other expenditures. But the report authors say the site has some shortcomings, like a lack of search tools.

"So far it's not a searchable database, so there's a lot of information there, but it is not very user friendly at this point. So, it should be made easier for people to put in the name of a corporation, for instance, and be able to find out how much money that corporation received in state contracts," said Paul Burns of VPIRG.

Vermont ended up with a C+ for transparency. New Hampshire scored a B- and New York got a C.

Click here to read the report.

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