Illinois answers call to be more transparent
SPRINGFIELD, Ill . (IRN) — Have you ever stopped to think about how much money Illinois budgeted for many agencies compared to what it spent?
The governor’s office is boasting about a couple of new documents that it has posted on its website, but a consumer group wants more of a specific kind of documents.
The revenue and expenditure documents for all of last fiscal year and for the first quarter of this fiscal year, at only three pages each for nearly all of state government, are found at www.state.il.us/budget.
Kelly Kraft, spokeswoman for the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, said, “This is something that’s never been done before.” She says many organizations had wanted this information before audits were released about a year and a half after the money had been spent.
Meanwhile, a group called Good Jobs First is hailing Illinois as being good at posting information on the names of companies that win tax breaks, grants, and other subsidies for job creation. In the group’s report, called “Show Us the Subsidies,” the state was given a “B” for this information, with the only significant information omitted being from the film tax credit program.
Illinois Public Interest Research Group advocate Sonia Ashe says while she wants to see what’s going on with the film industry, she says it’s good that taxpayers can look at the perks given to companies, and use that to find out whether the dollars were wasted, or really did bring jobs to Illinois.
Reported by: Melissa Hahn
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