Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Lack of Transparency, Lack of Public Trust

An article in today’s Boston Herald, written by Dave Wedge, highlighted what many of us already know. That is, the lack of transparency on Beacon Hill ultimately leads to the lack of public trust. House Republicans, knowing full well there may be backlash, complied with a Herald request to release the names, titles and salaries of all staff members. Meanwhile, only a handful of Democrats responded to the request.

The Senate President and the House Speaker were among those who neglected to provide the Herald with this public information and in not complying gave the general public more reason not to trust its elected officials. There have been numerous examples of ethical improprieties, repeated patronage by the Patrick Administration and the continued mismanagement of taxpayers’ money.

Being transparent is a critically important tool in working to regain the public’s trust.

Click here to read the article in its entirety.