Which lawmakers will support transparency over lobbyists

April 19th, 2012 by Amy Categories: Colorado, higher education, politics No Responses

COST just received word that HB 1252, a bill that would require Colorado’s institutions of higher education to make public financial information accessible online, finally will be heard in the House Appropriations Committee next week.  An amended version of sponsor BJ Nikkel’s bill passed the House education committee on February 27.
Sources tell us that the [...]

Transparency propaganda

March 8th, 2010 by Amy Categories: events, general, health care No Responses

Transparency: quality or state of being clear, transparent; also frank, candid, free from deceit.
COST believes that most Coloradans have come to understand transparency in government as detailed expenditure and revenue information.
With those definitions in mind, it is laughable that the Colorado State Treasurer’s Office called its latest interactive endeavor “Tax Tracks” a transparency Web site.  The [...]

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 [...]

CEA opposes state transparency too

April 23rd, 2009 by Amy Categories: RTD, events, general, health care 2 Responses

If it has to do with showing taxpayers how their money is spent, then the teachers’ union doesn’t like it.
According to the Colorado Secretary of State Web site, the Colorado Education Association, a taxpayer-funded lobbying organization, has taken a stance against HB 1288 the Colorado Taxpayer Transparency Act.  It seems odd that a lobbying organization that exists [...]