The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has a new online resource to facilitate transparency in government entities in Michigan. The site, michigantransparency.org, has spending data on state government agencies and local school districts, as well as voting and contribution records for public officials at various levels. The Mackinac Center newsletter recently noted that more municipal leaders are posting detailed budget and spending figures online for citizens to review anonymously. It would be nice if the new project soon adds a way to search for specific municipalities' financial records as a clearinghouse.
Nevertheless, this is a good project. PR pros in government know that such transparency is good practice. After all, our PRSA Code of Ethics frequently implores us to enable "informed decision making in a democratic society."