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.”
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!