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Governing in the Shadows:
Rating the Online Financial Transparency of Special District Governments

Special districts are a kind of government entity separate from local and state governments that provide public services such as transit and housing. Despite being government agencies fulfilling public functions, special districts often operate in the shadows, their spending unaccounted for in local and state budgets. In Following the Money 2017, we evaluate the financial transparency of special districts, revealing inadequate practices nationwide.

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