2012 Transparency Legislation

January 22nd, 2012 by Amy Categories: Colorado, PERA Colorado, higher education, other states, stimulus No Responses

Transparency is still an issue at the state capitol. Early in this 2012 legislative session, three bills could provide taxpayers with additional transparency in government.
HB12-1009 Federal Funds Transparency Act
House Sponsors: Cheri Gerou (R-HD 25)
Senate Sponsors: Kent Lambert (R-SD 9 )
This bill seeks additional information than is currently provided on how each department and agency of [...]

PERA Board: Ego trumps reality

December 2nd, 2011 by Amy Categories: Colorado, PERA Colorado, politics No Responses

Colorado State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, a rare voice of reason on Colorado’s Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) Board of Trustees, told News Talk 1310 KFKA talk show host Amy Oliver in a recent interview that when the Board voted to maintain an unrealistic 8 percent rate of return one Board member provided the following reason, ”We [...]

Increasing Transparency for CDOT

January 13th, 2011 by michael Categories: PERA Colorado, Public Utilities Commission, general, health care 3 Responses

A bill sponsored by Rep. B.J. Nikkel (R-HD 49) and Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp (R-SD 22) expands the previous access to governmental expenditures through an online database like Colorado’s Transparency Online Project (TOPS) that was signed into existence through an executive order by former Gov. Bill Ritter in 2009.
Nikkel pioneered the bipartisan Colorado Taxpayer [...]

$500 lunch?

November 6th, 2009 by Amy Categories: PERA Colorado, general, health care, media No Responses

Apparently the state provides $500 lunches and taxpayers don’t need to know about them according to State Controller David McDermott.
The Denver Post reports that State Rep. BJ Nikkel, sponsor of the Colorado Taxpayer Transparency Act, accuses McDermott of violating the spirit of the law, violating taxpayer trust and violating transparency.
It’s easy to see Rep Nikkel’s point when McDermott [...]

Transparency: It's a good question

October 6th, 2009 by Amy Categories: PERA Colorado, general, health care, local transparency 2 Responses

“Why does Governor Ritter have to be dragged kicking and screaming into transparency?” asked our big boss Jon Caldara.
Investigative reporter Todd Shepherd exposed Ritter’s latest battle against transparency.  Shepherd discovered that Ritter and his administration have virtually ignored a Governor Bill Owens executive order requiring that “all cabinet members as well as senior staff members [...]

Ritter unveils Web site but not transparency

September 2nd, 2009 by Amy Categories: PERA Colorado, general, health care, higher education 12 Responses

Governor Bill Ritter and Treasurer Cary Kennedy quietly launched the Transparency Online Project(TOPS).  COST doesn’t believe that TOPS is what State Rep BJ Nikkel and transparency activists envisioned with HB 1288 the Colorado Taxpayer Transparency Act.  According to a press release from the Governor’s office: 
TOP sets a new standard for accountability, responsibility and transparency in state government, Gov. Ritter said. Taxpayers [...]

Transparency is the law

June 4th, 2009 by Amy Categories: PERA Colorado, general, health care One Response

Just minutes ago, Governor Bill Ritter quietly signed HB 1288 the Colorado Taxpayer Transparency Act.

Ritter to sign transparency in the dark or will he?

June 4th, 2009 by Amy Categories: PERA Colorado, general, health care No Responses

According to Face the State, Governor Bill Ritter today plans to sign HB 1288 the Colorado Taxpayer Transparency Act, which creates a state expenditure and revenue database, in private.  Or will he?  Sources tell COST that the Governor still is struggling with this legislation – apparently not enough to veto it.  Despite his embrace of transpareny in his [...]

Transparency has been "delivered"

May 21st, 2009 by Amy Categories: PERA Colorado, general, health care No Responses

Sources tell COST that HB 1288 the Colorado Taxpayer Transparency Act has been “prepared” and “delivered” to Governor Bill Ritter’s desk.  We don’t know exactly what that means but we look forward to the Governor’s signature.  In all honesty what we really are looking forward to is the database of expenditures and revenues that it establishes.

The opapue Governor

May 15th, 2009 by Amy Categories: PERA Colorado, health care No Responses

COST learned that Governor Bill Ritter is not very transparent when it comes to bill signing.  Colorado Transparency Project Director Amy Oliver called State Representative BJ Nikkel to find out when the Governor would sign HB 1288 the Colorado Taxpayer Transparency Act.  Amy reported this morning on her blog:
The legislator [BJ Nikkel] known among her colleague as “Miss Transparency” [...]