Del. ranks low in transparency
State found to be 43rd in nation in open government, ethics
By GINGER GIBSON • The News Journal • October 28, 2008
Delaware found itself near the bottom of a state-by-state ranking of open government, transparency and ethics regulations released Monday
Sen. Karen Peterson, D-Stanton, who has advocated for open-government legislation in the Senate, said she was not surprised by the ranking.
“It’s pathetic, it’s truly pathetic,” Peterson said. “The First State is darn near last.”
Peterson said efforts to reform open-government legislation have been derailed in the Senate, where bills often became the victims of the “desk-drawer veto.”
Senate Speaker Pro Temp Sen. Thurman Adams, D-Bridgeville, the man in charge of that desk-drawer power, could not be reached for comment but released a statement: “I think that, next year, something will happen with open government because it seems like everybody’s running on it,” he said, referring to promises of open government being made by many candidates this campaign season. “But I can’t tell you right now what the final form will be.”
Gov. Ruth Ann Minner has remained largely silent on the issue of open government, but released a statement about the rankings.
“I have long believed that Delawareans have a right to know what happens in the state government their tax dollars support,” Minner said in the statement. “I have always tried to be open in the processes that affect the people of our state and will continue to do so.”
Minner is full of shit ! 8 years as Lt. Governor and 8 years as Governor she has done nothing to promote open government!
This reinforces my concern with a Markell-Denn Administration as it will only carry on the traditions of closed doors. Again like a broken record, Markell has a wonderful plan and Denn is a decent person. However, it’s time for real change in shaking up the state government and yes Copeland can be that wedge in a Markell-Copeland administration.
All the wonderful talk about world class schools, smaller class size, better teachers, better pay, world class healthcare and all the campaign promises from all parties come without a clue how its going to pay for it.We need real change as in open financial transparency of our schools! It time and long over due!
Nothing will change until the political gridlock in Dover is broken! After the election we’ll be hearing about more budget cuts in education. Taxes will be raised with no transparency. Red Clay will still violate state law at will for the sake of, “it’s for the kids.”
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