Financial Transparency Score Report

Our new report analyzes how transparent state governments are with their finances.

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Financial State of the States NOW AVAILABLE

Our twelfth annual Financial State of the States report, an analysis of the 50 states' financial health in 2020, is now available.

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  • Financial State of the States 2021

    Truth in Accounting's twelfth annual Financial State of the States report, a nationwide analysis of the most recent state government financial information.

  • Bill's Blog

    Bill Bergman serves as TIA's Director of Research. He is responsible for managing TIA's federal project and State Data Lab's data base.  Bergman spent 13 years as an economist and policy analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

  • Financial State of the Union 2021

    Our Financial State of the Union report found that the financial condition of the U.S. government worsened by nearly $10 trillion in 2020.

  • Financial State of the Cities 2021

    Our fifth annual Financial State of the Cities report. This analysis surveys the fiscal health of the 75 most populated US cities prior to the coronavirus pandemic. 

  • Data-Z (formerly State Data Lab)

    Create your own chart with more than 700 data variables, including demographic, economic and financial at the federal, state, and city level.

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  • Vermont earns big jump in financial transparency score

    December 3, 2021
    True North Reports (Vermont)

    By Kim Jarrett (The Center Square), includes “Vermont is one of only 22 states that scored above 80 on a scale of 100 in Truth in Accounting’s (TIA) latest report on financial transparency. … Vermont received a score of 56 last year from TIA. Only 25 out of 50 points were received in the auditor’s opinion category in 2020. ” 

  • Pennsylvania middle of the road for financial transparency

    December 2, 2021
    The Progress (Pennsylvania)

    By Victor Skinner (The Center Square), includes “Truth in Accounting CEO Sheila Weinberg told The Center Square that Pennsylvania lost points for using prior year pension numbers, a combined $18 billion in assets and liabilities in confusing ‘deferred inflows and outflows’ accounts, and the way officials report liabilities for the Public School Employees’ Retirement System.”

  • Reason Foundation Vermont explores pension and OPEB reform

    November 30, 2021
    Reason Foundation

    By Marc Joffe, includes “The Pension Benefits, Design, and Funding Task Force created by the Vermont General Assembly is expected to release its findings in December.  … Truth in Accounting recently ranked Vermont 43rd of the 50 states based on its measure of ‘Taxpayer Surplus or Burden’ with a per capita burden of $24,000. ”

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