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POLICY COUNCIL PRAISES NEW FINANCIAL REPORTING SYSTEM TO IMPROVE TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY IN S.C. GOVERNMENT

June 18, 2008

For Immediate Release

Contact: Bryan Cox, Communications Director

Columbia, S.C. June 18, 2008 — The South Carolina Policy Council praised South Carolina Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom’s office for making financial data more accessible to the public with the release of its inaugural Citizen-Centric financial snapshot today. The report takes a step forward in advancing government transparency and accountability.

Making more state financial information available in a straightforward manner results in better educated citizens and acknowledges the fundamental principle that open government serves the public most effectively.

While the Citizen-Centric report is not a replacement for the comprehensive spending data already posted online for more than 85 state agencies, it does give an easily understood snapshot of state finances for citizens interested in a broad financial overview.

South Carolina Policy Council President Ashley Landess commended the report’s release, calling it an excellent tool to make complex financial data more accessible to the public in an easily understood format.

“Government financial information should be easy for the public to access and to understand.  It is refreshing to see a public official not only recognize the right of citizens to be informed, but to make it a priority.” said Landess.

“The Comptroller General has really led the charge to make our state government more transparent.  Citizens should take advantage of the opportunity to get informed, and other public officials should follow his lead.”

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Note: The report is available on the Comptroller General’s website at http://www.cg.state.sc.us/press/20080409/Citizens.pdf

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