Open Government Links of the Week – April 22, 2011

It’s that time of the week where we let you know about some of the stories going on in the open government and technology space! Have any that should have been included? Share them in the comments!

White House unveils tax calculator designed to give taxpayers a receipt” (Nextgov)

The Top Twittering Cities & Counties (Code for America, HT)

  • “This past cycle, we took a stab at collecting all the Twitter handles for cities and counties in ShortStack, our knowledge base of local governments. Out of 1293 accounts across 810 cities and counties (that we found), here’s the top ten by followers…”

April 2011 Municipal Cost Index shows continuing price increases” (American City & County)

  • How much higher was it than last year?
  • Here’s an archive of the Index and a blog post on it by American City & County.
  • About the Index: “The Municipal Cost Index, developed exclusively by American City & County, is designed to show the effects of inflation on the cost of providing municipal services.”

Users to Google Video: Please Don’t Delete Our Clips” (GigaOM)

New York: “Putting the ‘Public’ in Public Meetings” (Gotham Magazine)

‘Staff who have to stay in the office, whether it’s the district office or even at City Hall, are assisted by webcasting,’ said [Councilmember] Brewer. ‘Not everyone has time to come down to City Hall, since government operates during the day.’….
In the City Council, Brewer currently carries legislation modeled after the state rules that would require all city agencies to webcast their meetings. She hopes council will take it up this fall.

A similar version of this was originally posted at the company that I work for’s product blog (Disclosure: the product deals w/ transparency, gov’t, & technology)

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