Posted 4 years ago
By Fred Gough
State earns a “B” in Disclosing Vital Information
ALEXANDRIA, Va., – Wednesday, Sunshine Review, a nonprofit, pro-transparency organization, released its state transparency analysis for Kansas’ government websites. Graded on a 10-point transparency checklist, Kansas’ overall score was a “B,” while the ten largest school districts averaged a disappointing “C+.”
“Kansas’ scores across the board are just average compared to other states around the country. Anything less than an ‘A+’ is a disservice to Kansas taxpayers,” said Michael Barnhart, President of Sunshine Review. “Transparency should be a priority to every elected official and voter. Citizens in Kansas and around our nation deserve to have the information they need to hold their government accountable.”
Sunshine Review’s state rankings are based on content available on government websites against what should be provided. The checklist seeks information on items such as budgets, meetings, lobbying, financial audits, contracts, academic performance, public records and taxes.
The Kansas state website earned a “B” grade, accounting for half of Kansas’ overall grade. Sunshine Review also analyzed the websites of the five largest counties, which averaged a “B.” The five largest cities earned a “B+” and the ten largest school districts averaged a “C+.”
Sunshine Review is a nonprofit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency. Sunshine Review collaborates with individuals and organizations throughout America in the cause of an informed citizenry and a transparent government. Since its inception in 2008, Sunshine Review has analyzed the websites of all 50 states and more than 6,000 state and local entities.
For more information, visit www.sunshinereview.org.