Connecticut is one of the top state governments in the nation for information technology systems, according to a recent survey by the Center for Digital Government.

This year’s grade of A- is big improvement over Connecticut’s previous grade of C, given by the research and advisory institute in 2012.

Every two years, the national research and advisory institute evaluates state governments’ information technology systems and best practices. 

“For too long, Connecticut’s state government information technology infrastructure was severely behind the curve, causing inefficiencies that cost taxpayers money and time,” said Gov. Malloy.

“Permits that used to take weeks to complete now take days, and we are able to better serve the people of Connecticut while spending less taxpayer money.”

Making state government more efficient and effective is critically important, especially with Connecticut’s slow economic recovery and as the state faces another significant budget crisis.

A better performing state government is also important to boosting business confidence and increasing Connecticut’s competitiveness.

Only seven other states received an A this year: Michigan, Missouri, Utah, Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Those states are “trending sharply up,” said the survey report.

The letter grades are based on performance across criteria including cost savings, progress since the last survey, innovation, collaboration and the priority states put on IT.

The state’s advancements in IT were partially attributed to the creation of the Information Technology Capital Investment Fund, which provides money for multiagency technology projects to improve efficiency.