New York, like your state and your city, is a fiscal black hole. Do you know which businesses are getting billions in state business tax credits? Who is getting hundreds of millions in benefits from tax free state and local govt bonds? Who the subcontractors are getting paid billions in gov contracts --- and what those contracts for? In the last year, NYC and State have launched extensive, sophisticated, online transparency and financial reporting systems --- yet it's still damnably hard to find basic information about who is getting what from government, and how big interest groups reward their political supporters. From open budgets, to online checkbooks to open data, we're going to use NYC and State as a case study, and talk about useful and useless transparency practices in other states and cities, and how to put together tech and disclosure and reporting requirements into systems that produce real transparency. (Will include appealing tech bling like NYC's Checkbook 2.0, NYC Open Data, NYS Open Budget, Database of Deals etc.)
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