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Using the Internet to Make State Budgets Transparent

Monday, January 5, 2009

A thing that is transparent, in one sense, is characterized by visibility or accessibility of information, especially concerning business practices. Although he may never have used the term, Thomas Jefferson was very fond of the concept of transparency to achieve accountability:

We might hope to see the finances of the union as clear and intelligible as a merchants book, so that every member of Congress and every man of every mind in the union should be able to comprehend them, to investigate


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