Leaf Chronicle publishes transparency commentary

In Advocacy on December 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm

In a recent guest editorial published by the Leaf Chronicle in Clarksville, we find, “The culture of many government institutions still seems more about protecting the bureaucracy and fiefdoms than public accountability or transparency.” The editorial, “Be open with public salaries,” published Nov. 15 focuses on an AP study about the publication of salaries by public officials on local government websites, a requirement in some states.

The study indicated that even in jurisdictions that comply with mandates to disclose the information, that the “disclosure,” is often less than transparent. More often than not the information is buried, incomplete, difficult to navigate or only published for a short period of time.

It is always in the best interest of citizens and it should be in the best interest of elected officials to fully disclose salaries. Public salaries are the public’s business and citizens have every right to know how every dime of their taxpayer dollars is being spent.

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