Capitol Comments

“Data is the lifeblood of state government,” reported CSG Senior Fellows Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene in the June cover story of Governing magazine. Unfortunately, in case after case, states’ internal veins and arteries are full of data that’s inaccurate, misleading or out-of-date. In some instances, vital information is simply missing altogether for a variety of reasons, including a tendency of agencies to hoard their own data, missing out on opportunities to be achieved by sharing it with others in their state.