Monday, January 31, 2005
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Alabama Ranks Last in Government Performance Project Survey

According to a survey to be published in Governing magazine, Alabama ties with California for last place in the way it manages state government.

The Government Performance Project, a group directed by the University of Richmond and funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia, released the survey. Its report cards on all 50 states are set to appear in the February issue of Governing magazine.

Alabama's government earned C's in managing money, people and information and a D in managing infrastructure such as highways and bridges. It was given an overall C- grade.
Even though Alabama received a low grade, Project editor Richard Greene had good things to say about the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent) budgeting process being instituted by Governor Riley and Finance Director Jim Main.

The full report for Alabama is online here.