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27 January 2010

Georgia Gets High Marks For Transparency In Stimulus Spending

Good Jobs First, a D.C.-based nonpartisan research group, released a report Tuesday that graded the states on using the internet to show how stimulus dollars were being spent.

On a scale of 0 to 100, the study rates the disclosure on more than $200 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds flowing through state governments to communities, organizations and individuals. It grades information on programs and on specific grants and contracts, with special emphasis on jobs data and the geographic distribution of spending.

With a score of 64, Georgia ranked 11th; the highest of any state in the south.

"Some states are striving to deliver on President Obama's promise that the Recovery Act would bring unprecedented transparency and accountability," said Good Jobs First executive director Greg LeRoy. "Led by Maryland, which again receives our highest score, these states' Recovery Act websites help taxpayers understand and evaluate how the Recovery Act benefits their state."

Georgia's stimulus accountability site can be found at stimulusaccountability.ga.gov.