Recently the Mercatus Center was invited to testify before the interim joint committee on state government in Frankfort about the virtues, best practices, and challenges of transparency in government. Representing the Mercatus Center was Jim Musser, Director of Economic Education. You can view the entire presentation below…
Some key points from the presentation:
- Transparency is a process not an end.
- Transparency is being able to see the results of money spent, not just seeing that money was spent.
- Legislative action is the best way to ensure transparency because this ensures that there is a discussion on what should be transparent and provides safeguards against transparency being easily removed (vs. transparency by executive order which can disappear when an office changes hands).