Comment to The State Journal-Register Editorial Board Opinion

The State Journal-Register Editorial Board Opinion Your call for real financial transparency and support for Senate Bill 3941 are welcomed and encouraging.  As your editorial indicates it is not a difficult task to inventory the list of questionable financial practices of public officials.  At the same time the state legislature has been certain to exempt themselves from oversight and transparency requirements.  What are citizens to make of all this?  I would encourage all citizens to become aware of the "good government" laws that are in effect and take the opportunity to work within those statutes to ensure their own district representatives are abiding by those laws.  Citizens should also take some solace by knowing that there are numerous grass-roots organizations committed to open, transparent and accountable governance in this state.  i would encourage all citizens to become familiar with such organizations.  While citizens' frustration and fatigue are understandable, they do not need to be accepted as default position.

-Lawrence DiRe Director of Civic Engagement and Research