For the second year in a row, Rhode Island has gotten a D minus for government spending transparency on the state website. The state was ranked 45th out of the 50 states.
The report – titled ‘Following the Money 2013’ – was published by the Rhode Island Public Interest Research Group, or RIPIRG. It compared financial transparency data on all 50 state websites and found Rhode Island’s wanting. It gave the state a D minus for the second consecutive year. RIPIRG report co-author Ryan Pierannunzi describes where it comes up short: