CENTERS for

Transparency

June 2020

The Jefferson Journal:  Stop the Problem Before It Begins
The Jefferson Journal: Stop the Problem Before It Begins —  By Chris Braunlich  With the General Assembly taking up policing reform in this summer's special session, there should be at least one bill stopping a problem before it begins.  Provisions commonly found in Collective Bargaining Ageements negotiated between governments and the local police union create obstacles to holding bad cops accountable.  Unless the General Assembly takes action now, collective bargaining agreements with those provisions will start next May.  Read It Here!

October 2013

Are your local candidates pledged to Transparency in Government?
Are your local candidates pledged to Transparency in Government? —  The Thomas Jefferson Institute asked that question of 513 candidates for local office in Virginia for whom email addresses were available, asking them to pledge to support efforts to make government more transparent for the voters.  Sixty-four candidates took the pledge and signed the “2013 Government Transparency Pledge.”  Michael Thompson, President of the Jefferson Institute stated, "these local candidates have agreed that government should be more open and transparent, that budgets should be accessible on line as should government contracts, organizational charts and calendars of all meetings."  He went on to say, "these candidates understand that government becomes better when the light of transparency is shown upon it."

 Read the Pledge Here!

 Check Your Local Candidate Here!

May 2013

Spend the New Transportation Dollars Wisely!
Spend the New Transportation Dollars Wisely! —  Passage of the new transportation bill shifts the debate from a question of "Where are we going to get the money?" to "How are we going to spend the money?"  Taxpayers need to make certain the new funds are spent in a way that relieves congestion and grows our economy.  Here are some ideas for doing that.  Read It Here!

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