MassOpenBooks.com is an indispensable online tool that uses public information to drive transparency and accountability in state government. Click the box below for our latest version, which provides access to important data and graphics that let you go beyond the numbers to see what your government is doing with your money!
“MassOpenBooks lets citizens look into the state’s checkbook and decide for themselves how well their tax dollars are being used.” said Pioneer Institute Executive Director Jim Stergios, “It is a key part of our transparency initiative to allow greater access to information that public has a right to see.”
Get Detailed Spending Data
Former Probation Commissioner John O’Brien recently pleaded ‘not guilty’ to charges brought in criminal prosecutions from a widely publicized hiring scandal. Detailed information on Probation Department spending is now available. You can now see how every dime was spent and which vendors received the funds, with www.MassOpenBooks.org. Visit the site to learn more.
Find Detailed Pension Data
The pension reform bill currently before the Massachusetts House of Representatives would raise the retirement age. But what’s the current average age of retirement? Visit www.MassOpenBooks.org
Examine Salary Patterns
Other databases give you access to salaries by department in small chunks. MassOpenBooks.com lets you view more data and provides analysis. What agency has the highest salaries? Visit www.MassOpenBooks.org
Over the coming weeks, as part of our ongoing commitment to transparency, Pioneer’s Steve Poftak and Mary Z. Connaughton will highlight revealing details of state finances that can be accessed through MassOpenBooks.
Contact us with any questions: pioneer @ pioneerinstitute.org