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Progress and Pitfalls of E-Budget Information

Author: DONIJO ROBBINS, PHD
Published in PFM, Vol. 4 No. 2

This paper describes state government web sites and their
postings of budgeting information. Some questions are addressed, for
example: What types of information are provided? How accessible is
this information? How many links does it take to find state budgeting
information? How detailed is this information? By researching all 50
states’ official web pages, we find that only two states, Alaska and
California, posted a direct link on their home pages to the budget
document. If the Internet is going to be a medium used to enhance
citizen access to services, enhance knowledge, and increase
participation, much work is necessary on behalf of the states as well as
its citizens to achieve this goal.

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