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 [...]

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 [...]