Leaders ambivalent on online reports

Governor promised funds for creating online report cards

LANSING, Mich. -     Hundreds of Michigan's local governments have posted online report cards after Gov. Rick Snyder promised state funds for creating them.
   But a new University of Michigan survey obtained in advance by The Associated Press shows few local leaders think the online reports are doing much to better their communities.
   Just 10 percent of the leaders from the 1,330 jurisdictions that responded said they thought posting the online reports would be very effective at improving accountability and transparency, while 32 percent thought it would be somewhat effective and 34 percent said it would make no difference.
   The survey was conducted Oct.  3 through Nov. 23 last year. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 1.5 percentage points.
   The report was to be released later Wednesday.

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