March 10-16 marks Sunshine Week, a national effort aimed at highlighting the importance of transparency in government and access to public meetings and records.

The Mackinac Center has long been a proponent of the saying by Louis Brandies that “sunshine is the best disinfectant” when it comes to government transparency. It is that relentless pursuit of the truth that has helped the Center expose and bring to an end three forced unionization schemes in the last three years. Analysts have also doggedly pursued transparency to help taxpayers understand film subsidies, corporate welfare and how schools spend money.

Here is a sampling of our watchdog efforts:

Michigan Press Association and Mackinac Center Joint Statement on Proposal 2 and the Freedom of Information Act

Three Cheers for Michigan House Democrats

How CapCon Uses Transparency Laws to Hold Government Accountable

Center FOIA Requests Draw Media Attention

MEGA, the MEDC and the Loss of Sunshine

Who Wants to Know?

Three Cheers for Transparency

Legislature Adopts Center’s Quest for Transparency

After Veto, Gov. Snyder’s Commitment to Transparency Questioned

Open Secrets: Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act

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Ted O’Neil is media relations manager at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Mich. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is hereby granted, provided that the author and the Center are properly cited.