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Government transparency? Kansas, Missouri have work to do


When it comes to government transparency, Kansas and Missouri are far back in the pack.

A new survey out Wednesday ranked Kansas 28th in the nation when it comes to providing online access to government spending data. It received a grade of “B.”

Missouri was tied for 39th and got a “C plus” grade.

The report was the seventh annual report of its kind by the United States Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.

Eighteen states received grades in the “A” range.

“States like Missouri still have a way to go to meet the high national standards for state spending transparency,” said Michelle Surka, program associate with the Missouri Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.

Surka said of Kansas, “To keep pace with the rising standards for state budget transparency, Kansas must keep innovating towards a more comprehensive and usable transparency portal.”