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Maryland Lauded For Stimulus Site

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) was crowing on Wednesday about a new report that ranks Maryland first in the nation for its Web site tracking spending of federal stimulus dollars.

In a report titled "Show Us The Stimulus," the advocacy group Good Jobs First gave Maryland a score of 80 out of 100 for its site showing how the state is spending its share of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Maryland was one of only six states to receive scores of 50 or better for measures that reflected the quality and quantity of the information presented. The other five: Colorado (68), Washington (63), West Virginia (60), New York (53) and Pennsylvania (50).

"We are committed in Maryland to fulfilling President Obama's vision of timely, transparent, accountable information on the use and impact of recovery dollars," O'Malley said in a statement issued by his office. "We invite all Marylanders to explore the data and provide feedback as we continue to improve and update our innovative web tracking tools."

By John Wagner  |  July 30, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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Congrats to Maryland and Governor O'Malley for a job well done.

Posted by: free-donny | July 30, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

So somebody created a gee whiz website for the state, my nephew in middle school could do the same thing, and far less expense to the state.

OMalley can play all kinds of budgetery games to patch up the gap between state revenues and expenses, however, unless he and the legislature get real about changing the way state government does business e.g. less programs and services, the "budget crisis" will be a chronic thing.

Posted by: VikingRider | July 30, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

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