The ‘Stimulus’ one more to promote government transparency than any piece of legislation in recent memory

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If nothing else, increasing transparency in government was a side-effect of the stimulus:

The stimulus has done more to promote transparency at almost all levels of government than any piece of legislation in recent memory. … All totaled, 40 states now have transparency websites that provide checkbook-level information on government spending. “I think the stimulus requirements set a new standard for states,” [analyst Phineas Baxandall] says. “A lot of what states started doing was really mimicking what they had done with their stimulus transparency.”

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