Cool New Data Source

OK, policy junkies, there’s a cool new data source online: The “Commonwealth Data Point” maintained by the state Auditor of Public Accounts. This website collects a number of interesting data series and makes them available from a single Web page.

State and local revenues… state and local expenditures… the state budget… population… food stamps… income… workforce… schools… and more. All presented in a common format, covering fiscal years 2003, 2004 and 2005. The goal is to accumulate 10 years worth of data. I’m not sure what the logic was for selecting the particular data series that appear on the page, but are all are potentially useful for anyone studying policy issues in Virginia.

Thanks to Sen. Walter Stosch, R-Henrico, who sponsored the legislation making the data publicly available. Huzzah! Three cheers for transparency in public data!

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  1. Anonymous Avatar

    Those of us who used to make our living digging out arcane data like that have mixed feelings, of course. Much of the information was always collected and posted somewhere, but it will be a valuable tool. The format is much more attractive. The state auditor, Walter Kucharski, has always enjoyed gathering this stuff and making it available. Just one more sign this really is a very well managed state operation.

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