No Way: Maryland Gets High Marks for Government Transparency?!

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This doesn’t seem right. Just ten months after a nonpartisan study ranked Maryland 40th among states in corruption prevention — citing “unchecked Democratic control, a revolving door between lobbyists and government officials, failure to correct audit findings, and limited data access across the board” — a new study has given Maryland a “B+” for transparency, putting us in a five-way tie for first place. 

This study, from the pro-transparency non-profit Sunshine Review, looked exclusively at “availability of information on government websites.” Well, it seems to me that Maryland’s position at the top of this ranking is enough to question the logic behind the study. That is to say, perhaps the real takeaway here is that information-rich websites are not the most important element of a truly transparent government.



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