As Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and his friends in the General Assembly continue to play games with the promise to show taxpayers what is really going on with their money, a state Senator in New Jersey is up to speed.
Senator Joe Pennacchio, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, called again on the Corzine Administration to move quickly to implement the Transparency in Government Act. The legislation would require that all government projects and expenditures be released to a website in real time.
“Today’s revenue numbers demonstrate, beyond a doubt how critical it is that the State of New Jersey release to the public all projects and expenditures in real time,” Pennacchio stated. “In this time of economic distress, the public needs to know that their hard-earned tax dollars are not being mindlessly squandered by faceless Trenton politicians and bureaucrats.”
A very positive sign in Frankfort, though, is news that Maurice McTigue of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, is scheduled to testify to the Senate State and Local Government Committee next Wednesday at noon. McTigue is a champion of the transparent government.