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WYO Comes in Last in Open Government Report

November 16, 2007

Cheyenne, WY – Even in this age of the Internet, government secrets are still tough to uncover in Wyoming, according to a new report. The study found no easy access to information on lobbyists, government contracts, or details about business subsidies and tax breaks that are supposed to result in the creation of good jobs. Report author Phil Materra, with Good Jobs First, says the public should have access to this information.

"The public has a definite interest in knowing how their money is being used. They want to know if their money is effective in the job creation effort."

Materra says other states post information about whether corporate subsidies and tax breaks live up to their promises, so Wyoming could do it, too.

"It's just a matter of taking information that they already have in some state computer, and converting it into a form that can be transmitted on the Web and searched on the Web."

Wyoming scored last compared to other states' information on lobbying and government. Materra says it takes resources to get information online, and it's something he hopes the State Legislature will consider in the future.

To learn more about the report, visit

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WY