The Colorado State Capitol building as it appeared in April 2014.

(Photo: CPR/Pat Mack)
Colorado is making it easier for the public to see how taxes and fees are spent, according to a new report released on Tuesday by Colorado Public Interest Research Group Foundation (COPIRG).
 
The report gave Colorado an above-average grade of a “B” this year for the transparency of government spending.  That's an improvement from the "D+" the state received in 2013. 
 
The study grades the state on how well it provides one online location to review state spending.
 
COPIRG Director Danny Katz says Colorado received a higher grade this year in large part because the state transparency website now makes it easier to see how economic development money is spent. Katz says that includes 19,000 subsidies worth $500 million.
 
"They’re really improving the depth and breadth of the information that can be found online by the average Coloradan," Katz says. "Transparency can have a lot of really great benefits. It helps the government save money. It can help all of us measure progress toward policy goals. And it can hold elected officials and recipients of public funds accountable."
 
Katz says the Department of Personnel and Administration still has some work to do on the website to make it easier to find information but he adds the department is requesting increased funding to make additional improvements.