No sunlight for Michigan party caucus meetings

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  Accountability, Michigan, News, Open Records, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

Party caucuses around the country and the world still operate by the Las Vegas rule: What happens in caucus stays in caucus.

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Sunshine Week: Michigan House tries to fix ‘worst in nation’ FOIA law

By   /  March 16, 2017  /  Accountability, Media, Michigan, News, Open Records, State Government  /  No Comments

All eyes are on the Michigan Senate, which will take up bills passed unanimously by the House to fix the nation’s worst FOIA law. But will it do any good?

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Sunshine Week: First Amendment Foundation goes to bat for Florida’s right to know

By   /  March 15, 2017  /  Florida, News, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Sunshine Week: The First Amendment Foundation has been busy at the Florida Capitol battling to ensure the public’s right to know.

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Sunshine Week: Lots of money, little transparency in Texas bond campaigns

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  Accountability, Commentary, News, Politics & Elections, Taxes, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Straight answers and financial transparency are in short supply whenever Texans are asked to approve bond referendums. As the nation marks “Sunshine Week” to promote open government, San Antonio’s rear-engineered debt package is the city’s latest, biggest example of government operating in the dark.

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Sunshine Week: Poor transparency plagues local tax abatement programs

By   /  March 13, 2017  /  Accountability, Jobs + Growth, National, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Most cities and counties do not disclose the names of companies that receive property tax abatements and other economic incentives,

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Sunshine Week: Vermont on a long road to accountability in government

By   /  March 13, 2017  /  News, State Government, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Vermont government is doing poorly when it comes to everything from oversight of state officials to public access to information.

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