Monday, September 15, 2008

Keeping pressure on secretive Frankfort-crats

It's disappointing if not surprising to see no media discussion or even a press release about last week's E-transparency task force meeting in Frankfort.

Though Gov. Beshear seems disinterested in the process and Finance Secretary Jonathan Miller's efforts are foot-draggingly slow, some interesting points were raised. Discussion turned specific when comparing efforts of other states who have posted their spending on the internet for the public to see.

On the receiving end of positive comments were Kansas for its ease of use and explanatory notes, Missouri for the types of information included for taxpayers, and Oklahoma for its explanation of the budgeting process.

Secretary of State Trey Grayson has been the leading official on the transparency effort in the state and Rep. Jim DeCesare has pulled all the weight in the legislature.

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