Transparency in government, both local and state, is one of my key issues. In fact there are many grassroots groups and political leaders from around the country calling for more transparency in government at all levels. So, what exactly is “transparency” and why is it so important? Simply put, government transparency enables YOU, the taxpayer, to easily research and hold your government/elected officials accountable for how they spend YOUR money at all levels of government.
“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.” — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, in his 1932 article called “What Publicity Can Do”
Government transparency means placing all financial and public information online in an easy-to-use, readily understandable system. It means not blocking requests for information from the public. Such a system allows taxpayers to see clearly how public servants are spending tax money, and gives citizens the ability to hold their elected officials accountable. It is my belief that all citizens should hold their elected officials accountable.
“Open government is critical to an informed public, and an informed public is critical to democracy.” – Judith Zaffirini
Transparency in government is not a new issue. John Adams, 2nd president of the United States, wrote, “Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right and a desire to know.” In other words, a healthy system of government is an open government that allows all who desire to know to find the information they are seeking.
I want Orange County government to be 100% transparent. I see no reason to hide anything from the citizens of Orange County. We must demand transparency and I am the leader that will work to make sure transparency happens.
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