Following the Money 2019: Economic Development Subsidies
How states rate in providing online access to government economic development subsidy spending
How states rate in providing online access to government spending data: Economic development subsidies edition
The ability to see how taxpayer money is spent is fundamental to democracy. Over the last decade, states across the country have taken steps to make detailed information about government spending readily available online — enabling citizens to hold government officials accountable for making smart decisions, prevent corruption and affect how government dollars are spent.
When it comes to government spending on economic development subsidies, however, citizens in many states remain in the dark. Following the Money 2019 — our 10th annual report on government spending transparency — rates all 50 states on the degree to which they make information about corporate tax breaks and other subsidies available online.