Stryker siblings not very charitable

November 11th, 2011 by Amy Categories: health care, local transparency No Responses

Stryker Corporation announced it “will cut 5% of its global workforce by the end of next year to reduce costs in the face of new fees on device makers required by the U.S. health care law,” reports the Detroit Free Press. According to Stryker, “job cuts will reduce annual pretax operating costs by more than [...]

How "transparent" is your school district?

November 8th, 2011 by Amy Categories: Energy, events, health care, higher education, local transparency, school district No Responses

Want to know the answer to that question? Then read the new report from the Independence Institute Education Policy Center titled Time to Show the Money.
Co-authors research associate Devan Crean and senior policy analyst Ben DeGrow reviewed 178 K-12 school districts, 16 BOCES, and the Charter School Institute to determine if they were compliant with [...]

More to the story behind the GEO audit request: arrogance and crony philanthropy

November 7th, 2011 by Amy Categories: health care, local transparency, media 2 Responses

Taxpayers across the country should thank Colorado State Representative Cindy Acree for her persistence and determination to hold Colorado’s Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) accountable. At the end of last week, she went public with her demand for a full blown audit, including performance and financial,¬†of the “off-budget” agency that has been awash in federal stimulus [...]

Lack of transparency downs another ballot measure

November 3rd, 2011 by Amy Categories: Energy, Public Utilities Commission, events, health care, local transparency One Response

Score one for cupcakes! Bake sale beats the establishment!
Nancy Rumfelt, the one woman army at Liberty Watch, who had to have a “Bake Sale for Transparency” to raise money to pay for an open records request, defeated the education establishment. On Tuesday voters in the Thompson School District in Loveland voted overwhelmingly “no” on a [...]

Issue Committee status equals newspaper access

October 30th, 2011 by Amy Categories: Energy, events, health care, higher education, local transparency No Responses

A local property tax increase in Loveland has attracted all the usual supporters including the teachers union, administration, and other status quo educational-industrial complex advocates. They have an issue committee, volunteers, money (including contributions from the Colorado Education Association and top district administrators), and access to the local newspaper’s guest editorial page, which the opposition [...]

Teachers' union fights transparency…again

July 8th, 2011 by Amy Categories: events, health care, local transparency No Responses

No shock that the Colorado Education Association is fighting new rules designed to bring more transparency to school district. The CEA worked hard to prevent financial transparency in K-12 education; with the passage of HB10-1036, the union ultimately lost that battle. Now, it is fighting to prevent public disclosure of teacher arrests.
According to the Fort [...]

Can we trust the media?

May 18th, 2011 by Amy Categories: health care, local transparency No Responses

When it comes to transparency and a free society, the fourth estate is vital. So what does it mean when the news media becomes the story?
Consider these gems:

Liberal billionaire George Soros has spent more than $48 million funding media properties, including the infrastructure of news – journalism schools, investigative journalism and even industry organizations

Soros also [...]

How much does the state spend on cell phones?

March 28th, 2011 by Amy Categories: general, health care, local transparency No Responses

Want to know how much Colorado taxpayers pay for cell phones for state employees? That’s a good question that no one is able to answer. ¬†Welcome to the opaque world of Colorado spending transparency. The Associated Press sent a Colorado Open Records Act request (CORA) to 19 state agencies and couldn’t get anything more than [...]

A high price for access

January 15th, 2011 by Amy Categories: Energy, events, health care, higher education, local transparency 2 Responses

Denver Post political investigative reporter Chuck Plunkett asks a thousand dollar question: Is $1,050 an unreasonable amount to pay for access to public records? As a diehard proponent of open, transparent government obviously I think the cost is out of line.
In my experience with open records request, I have found that charges vary from agency [...]

Fort Collins blocks transparency

October 4th, 2010 by Amy Categories: general, health care, higher education, local transparency One Response

For a city that was on the cutting edge of transparency, today’s article about Fort Collins‘ lack of transparency in official communications among city council members came as a shock.
Greg Campbell of Face the State reports Fort Collins City Council is not using the email account set up so residents or other interested parties can [...]