Tag: national study

Report gives Maryland a D+ in transparency on business subsidies

Despite the commitment of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration to increase government transparency, Maryland received a D+ in transparency of economic subsidy information, according to a national report released on Wednesday.

The report, which was put together by a government accountability work group, Good Jobs First, took a look at information made available to the public online for different economic development programs run by the 50 states and Washington, D.C. The report ranked Maryland 18th in the nation for transparency of its economic development programs – close to the middle, since only 37 states have any sort of disclosure for these programs. Out of a possible 100 points, the state received an average score of 30 for transparency.

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Maryland’s “civic health” is good but not great

Maryland’s “civic health” – the engagement of citizens in public life – compared to other states is good, but not outstanding, according to a new study released Tuesday.

“Maryland is ahead of the national average on every important measure of civic health,” said Brad Rourke of the Mannakee Circle Group, who did the report for the National Conference on Citizenship, Maryland Common Cause and the state Department of Education. But for all the advantages Maryland has – top-ranked public schools, pioneering civic literacy programs in its schools, the nation’s highest per capita income, and proximity to the national capital — “we would think we are further ahead,” Rourke said

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