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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ranking the State Stimulus Websites

Good Jobs First, a grassroots policy resource center, has published a report grading each state’s stimulus website.

“Many states are failing to support President Obama’s vow that the Recovery Act will be carried out with an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability,” said Good Jobs First executive director Greg LeRoy. “By failing to use broadly available web tools, they are making it more difficult to measure the success of ARRA in mitigating the effects of the recession.”

According to the report, the five states doing the best job conveying general information through their websites are:

1. Maryland
2. Colorado
3. Washington
4. West Virginia
5. New York

And the five worst are:

50. Utah
50. Illinois
47. Alabama
47. Kansas
47. Kentucky

Comparably, New Hampshire ranks quite well, tied for 13th. However, that rank is somewhat deceiving as the state only scored 38 out of a possible 100 points – meaning there is clearly some room for improvement.

You can read the full study here, or simply check out New Hampshire’s scores here.

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