The state of Illinois recently announced its new budget web site. The headline reads, “Quinn Administration Launches First-Ever Interactive Budget Web Site … Public Encouraged to Provide Feedback to Shape State Budget.” Frankly, the site is awful: it’s one video, a bunch of PDFs, a couple of pages with vague generalities, and a comment form.
What could be very interesting:
- Specific strategies for addressing fiscal problems in Illinois, using a Digg-like submission and ranking system
- Web apps which allow people to build their own budget proposals, or simulate the effects of certain policy changes
- Dynamic visualizations of fiscal data, past and present
- Raw data in easy-to-remix form
is instead simply another comment board filled with commonplaces, flames, rants, and the occasional interesting idea.