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 [...]

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 [...]

Stop 'corruption on steroids': Become a Citizen Auditor

September 22nd, 2010 by Amy Categories: general, health care, higher education, local transparency, media, school district No Responses

What happens when government is allowed to operate outside the purview of the public? “Corruption on steroids,” as District Attorney Steve Cooley described the abuse of taxpayers in Bell, CA.  Cooley further described the situation in a news conference announcing the arrest of eight elected officials and government employees from the small town outside of Los [...]

Hey government, we've got our eye on you!

September 12th, 2010 by Amy Categories: general, health care, higher education, local transparency, school district No Responses

During the last two plus years as transparency in government has made headlines, the Denver Post consistently has been on the front lines fighting for access to public records and criticizing those who deny the public’s right to know.
The Post continues the battle on Sunday’s editorial page with two columns encouraging citizens to demand transparency. The first [...]

Citizen Auditors can win cash prizes

July 16th, 2010 by Amy Categories: Energy, health care, higher education, politics, school district 2 Responses

Become a Citizen Auditor and win $2500! Mothers Against Debt, the Independence Institute, Liberty on the Rocks and Americans for Prosperity are sponsoring Citizen Auditor training throughout Colorado.
Become a citizen auditor and win cash!
The Independence Institute will conduct classes to teach concerned citizens how to use the state’s Transparency Online Project (TOP) web site, our [...]