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NYPIRG executive director Blair Horner and Dick Dadey executive director of Citizens Union
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With budget negotiations down to the final days before the April 1st deadline, state government watchdogs in Albany say the process has been too opaque — especially after high-profile corruption convictions of the legislature’s former leaders.

Leaders of three good government groups say New York Governor Andrew Cuomo isn't doing enough to address Albany's chronic corruption problem.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and WAMC's Alan Chartock speaking Monday at The Linda in Albany.
Joe Donahue

The federal prosecutor behind the convictions of several of New York's most powerful lawmakers made several stops in Albany Monday. Preet Bharara spent an hour at WAMC’s performing arts studio. 

A report issued this week by a Massachusetts-based consumer protection organization finds state governments are making it easier for taxpayers to find out how their money is being spent. The Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group Education Fund looked at the content and ease-of-use of financial transparency websites – often called online checkbooks.

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Information about how taxpayer’s money is being spent can be just a few mouse clicks away. There’s a growing government transparency movement that Massachusetts appears to be in front of  to give the public a clearer look at how their money is spent.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

The latest round of financial disclosure forms from members of the New York State Legislature will be the last, before a new law begins that aims to open up even further the information the public and the press can view about the outside business dealings of state lawmakers.