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"Last week, the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) gave our state government an A-minus for providing online access to spending data. PIRG, which bills itself as a consumer protection group, surveyed 47 states regarding their financial openness and said Arizona was a leader in the nation.
The reason boils down to one thing: its OpenBooks online resource (openbooks.az.gov) to get “checkbook level” information on the state's spending. Arizona's high ranking was based on the website's ease of use. The state began providing online access to state spending data in late 2010 and has received kudos each year since then for its efforts.
Gov. Jan Brewer, in acknowledging the praise from Arizona PIRG, noted that “transparency and accountability go hand in hand.” She is correct about the key to good government — and that is open government where citizens can see what their representatives are doing, and if necessary hold them accountable."
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