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Transparency Bills A “Significant Step Forward”

Reitz interviewed by Michigan Radio

… about the need for more transparency in the executive … bills to ensure true transparency. “There are a couple …

Cheers for Detroit Schools Transparency

District has come a long way

… to name someone as a transparency officer. I’m happy …

State's Corporate Welfare Agency Tone Deaf to Requests for Transparency

MEDC treats transparency 'as an annoyance'

Making transparency a condition for … provide much-needed transparency at the MEDC, companies … rights to provide public transparency concerning the agreement?” “I … state government to be transparent in its dealings with …

More Transparency on the Way in Michigan

Bills would subject legislators, governor to FOIA and require salaries be made public

… celebrating by introducing transparency bills. Almost … more. Broad-based transparency laws will often … should be as open and transparent as possible in how …

HONEST Act – EPA Science and Transparency

This should be ‘science 101’

… credible, reproducible, and transparent science to support … Congress to impose transparency on the EPA. The … critics who say it is not transparent and uses questionable … lawsuits, to force transparency on the agency. The …

Big D Gets a 'C-' for Transparency

… earns a C- for online transparency from Sunshine … governments using a transparency  checklist … more information about transparency, visit the Mackinac …

Jobs Department’s Fake News: $10 Tax return for Every $1 in Subsidies

Program lacks transparency, too

… economy. The MBDP also lacks transparency. In its fiscal … claims. People deserve transparency, not unjustified …

Mackinac Center and Virginia Tech Professor Dr. Marc Edwards Sue Wayne State Over Flint Water Documents

The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation files case to help bring about further government transparency

… to provide greater transparency in the state's efforts … public documents and transparency over what their … right to an open and transparent government,” said … the way of complete transparency.” View the …

Union Transparency Study Featured in Daily Caller

Article details how disclosure can help members and expose corruption

Bringing Financial Transparency to Michigan's Public … less corruption and transparency for members and …

Government Transparency Groups Announce Database of Public Employee Salaries

Website contains salary info of nearly 300,000 government workers for each of the past three years

… state government more transparent and accountable. … part of our government transparency project, the Mackinac … other watchdogs.” "Transparency and accountability … obtain. As advocates for transparent and responsive government, …

Special Needs Families Deserve Transparency

Posting ISD special education plans enables sound decisions

… this as simple and transparent as possible. No parent …

Town Hall Meeting on Government Transparency

Replay now available to watch.

Mackinac Center Settles Transparency Lawsuit with DEQ

Legislative clarity still needed for FOIA timeliness

… have a right to timely transparency from their government,” … ambiguity in the state’s transparency laws. “Michigan’s … has led to a lack of transparency in multiple government …

Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws Need Reform

Transparency, rule of law should be the focus

… would provide more transparency for the assets seized …

Three Cheers for Michigan House Democrats

Questioning MEDC transparency is the right thing to do

… Development Corp. to be more transparent and accountable in … complained about the lack of transparency at Michigan’s department … the MEDC's lack of transparency and accountability. … the MEDC's lack of transparency. In a November …

At What Point Does Being Nosy Deserve a Broken Nose?

Setting the Boundaries of Transparency

… national movement for transparency seeks to put government … for that very result. Transparency should never be … Jeffersonian goals of transparency; it means respecting … while Jeffersonian transparency seeks to empower …

Politician Embraces Center Idea

Oakland County Democrat Advocates Transparency

… Mackinac Center's transparency initiative and …

Michigan Government Salaries Database Shows Value of Transparency

Public records now at public’s fingertips

… value of government transparency and the need for … part of our government transparency project, the Mackinac … upset some people, but transparency is justified. “The … should be available in a transparent way. Why? Because …

Secretive Bidder Wins Pure Michigan Contract Over Transparent One

Auditor General, not MEDC, should hire reviews of corporate welfare programs

… made “ 100 percent transparency ” a centerpiece … addition to the promised transparency of survey design … briefings to improve transparency and public understanding … mandating 100 percent transparency and that all costs …

Three Cheers for Transparency

… and in Canada called "transparency." Back in the … One of the earliest transparency initiatives, I'm … since added to its transparency effort with the … dedicated to promoting transparency at all levels of …

Department of Environmental Quality Must Be Transparent

Michigan media reports on latest Mackinac Center lawsuit

… press have a right to transparency, even when it’s … continues to skirt state transparency laws by not responding … balking at Michigan’s transparency laws. … The fact … state is claiming to be transparent in public yet still …

Michigan Needs Collective Bargaining Transparency

Government officials and employees should be more accountable to the people

… plagued by a lack of transparency.” In an effort to bring more transparency to the executive … collective bargaining transparency. Other states, … sector unions more transparent to the taxpayers. …

Government Transparency Bill Stalled in Senate

Michigan House passed bill six months ago

… promotes government transparency and accountability … withhold records. Transparency shouldn’t be viewed …

Show Michigan the Money

… efforts at promoting transparency at all levels …

Center Cited on Transparency

The Mackinac Center's ongoing efforts to get public schools, municipalities and legislators to post spending online for public inspection was highlighted by WEYI-TV25 today.

Legislature Adopts Center's Quest for Transparency

… to request greater transparency from Michigan's … legislators be more transparent by posting checkbook …

How CapCon Uses Transparency Laws to Hold Government Accountable

… website that rates the transparency of state and local … scrutiny. Government transparency laws are an important … that favors greater transparency in government. We … Attacked Government Transparency Groups Gets 'Bitten …

Lack of Transparency at MEDC, MEGA

… about the need for transparency within government-run … newspapers. Recent problems with transparency at the MEDC include …

Center FOIA Expert Cited in Detroit News

Local governments object to transparency initiatives

… story about the lack of transparency at all levels of … previously about transparency and was the architect …

Reitz Cited on Government Transparency

"Essential for citizens to know"

… previously about government transparency.

Political Reasons, Not Economic Ones, Keep Corporate Welfare Agency Alive

'Transparency' sidesteps real issue (but still worth pursuing)

… bother trying to inject transparency into the operations … guessing game, because “transparency” as practiced by … calls for meaningful transparency, which may seem … tree. Establishing real transparency standards could …

Center Focusing on Government Transparency

FOIA, Open Meetings Act need updating for 21st century

… efforts to improve transparency laws and equip citizens … who share a vision of transparency. Finally, the … improve government transparency include MichiganVotes.org , … keep their jobs. Transparency is one of the few …

How to Improve Economic Development Transparency

State considers changes to economic development disclosure

… looking to improve its transparency and is targeting … these programs more transparent. Under current policies, … programs are the least transparent. Michigan is not … effectiveness, but the lack of transparency about them is outrageous. …

Idaho Lawmakers Embrace Open Meetings, Michigan Still Waiting for Transparency

New law may be "the best in the nation"

… a bill to increase transparency in collective bargaining. … it comes to Michigan transparency on unions and collective … Bringing Financial Transparency to Michigan's Public … provide the same detailed transparency for finances as …

MEDC Questioned About Its Transparency

Questions about how tax dollars spent could warrant new legislation

… has a section on transparency , but Rep. Genetski … its apparent lack of transparency. "It seems … Gov. John Engler and transparency questions existed … Granholm, questions of transparency at MEDC reached …

State Checkbook Still Missing From Internet (revised version)

State rejects transparency despite minimal cost

… Information Age places such transparency within our grasp, … Michigan the Money" transparency project ( www.mackinac.org/10694 .) … to keep this whole transparency project running.  These … "gold standard" of transparency set by Missouri …

Multiple School Districts Breaking the Law On Transparency

Schools are required to post contracts, compensation information online

… Wayne County had no transparency icon on its website … Capitol Confidential Transparency Coverage How CapCon Uses Transparency Laws To Hold Government …

It's Time to Expand Public Records Transparency

Reitz discusses Flint water crisis on Michigan Radio

… discuss the need for more transparency in government in … this public records transparency law. Reitz explained …

Ecorse Officials' Arraignment Highlights Need for Transparency

… difficulties by embracing transparency. What can help avoid … particularly lacking in online transparency, with a Web site …

Schools Start to Comply With Transparency Law

… at providing better transparency of how tax dollars … other government transparency initiatives.

Traverse City Schools Set Transparency Precedent

… district is raising transparency to a new level … bargaining process transparent, as TCAPS superintendent …

What Transparency Should Look Like at the MEDC (but Doesn't)

… concerns about the lack of transparency in MEGA and its … be alleviated by two transparency/due diligence reforms … deal, but the lack of transparency that characterizes …

Prompt Government Transparency is Vital to Democracy

Delay of 106 days results in lawsuit for University of Michigan

Government transparency tools like the Freedom … Timely responses to transparency requests are paramount …

Media Covers McHugh's Committee Testimony

Few jobs, little transparency for Michigan corporate welfare machine

… economic development and transparency from the MEDC. The …

(Un)covering the News

… discussing government transparency at an Issues Ideas …

'Secretive Obama Administration' Official to Kick Off Event on Transparency

Legal scholar says Attorney General Holder's participation in Wayne State event is 'the height of hypocrisy'

… demanding "a full, transparent account" of the Justice … the discussion on the transparency of a presidential … administration was not very transparent. "The Obama … things in terms of transparency, but some of the …

MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST August 14, 2012

… public school operations transparent? Ypsilanti and … Public School Operations Transparent? GRAND RAPIDS, …

Why Mackinac Published Names and Wages of Government Workers in a Searchable Database

The information belongs to the people

… In other words, more transparency is coming whether … fight for an open, transparent government.

A Transparency Fight in the Village of Armada

… safeguard open and transparent government. But one … make the village more transparent ever since he took … greater government transparency died on the spot. But … every effort to be transparent in our financial …

Senate Judiciary Passes Forfeiture Transparency Bills

Bills move on to full Senate

… that establish strong transparency requirements for …

Film Transparency – Just say No?

… which call for more transparency in the state’s film … the state’s lack of transparency in the film industry … million dollars. Greater transparency of Michigan’s film … Tackle Film Credit Transparency Michael …

They Won’t Tell You Who is Getting YOUR Money

Transparency-talking politicians make taxpayers beg for staff names and salaries

… behavior. As media and transparency advocates take notice … government spending transparency. Like the villain … championing state spending transparency, you would expect … Granholm was talking transparency almost as soon as …

Transparency Not Rapid for Kent Co. Transit Agency

… model of government transparency, while the local … the organization’s transparency project says that it … to make itself more transparent to the taxpayers … “The Rapid is a highly transparent public enterprise, accountable …

After Veto, Gov. Snyder's Commitment To Transparency Questioned

Governor vetoed bill passed unanimously by the Legislature

… state government more transparent and accountable to … national leader in transparency and ethics." Considering … Snyder's commitment to transparency, his veto of House … Republicans believe in transparency," Rep. LeBlanc said. …

The MEDC’s Pure Michigan Puffery: Part II

Reforms could make agency more credible

… criticism for its lack of transparency, which most recently … one of authentic transparency and intellectual … such study must be transparent and fully disclose …

University Budget Transparency vs. Secret 'Appropriations Mud Pit'

Increasing term limits won't help government transparency.

MEDC's Lack of Transparency Goes National

Fox, Instapundit pick up Center expose of hidden A123 video.

Corporate Welfare Schemes Need Transparency

Mackinac Center commentary in Detroit Free Press

… very least need more transparency, according to an …

As Conventional Public Schools Fail Transparency Law, Charters are Targeted

Pontiac Public Schools posts teachers' contract that expired in 2011

… isn’t alone in this transparency failure. Yet in … called out for supposed transparency shortfalls that … following the state law’s transparency requirements. Roberts … schools had followed transparency requirements. “Pontiac …

State's Corporate Welfare Arm Says Ex-Attorney General Approved Being Less Transparent

MEDC: AG gave 'informal verbal advice' about not disclosing tax information

… MEDC step away from transparency. The policy change … its implications for transparency has been the subject … Deaf to Requests for Transparency There …

Demanding More Transparency in Government

… cry for government transparency: " Show Michigan … movement toward more transparency that all schools … public school districts' transparency is a bit behind …

Editorial Praises Center's School Transparency Efforts

… cooperating with the Center's transparency efforts is available …

A Look At The State Budget for Business Subsidies

Old ideas get new taxpayer cash

… that’s a good thing for transparency’s sake. But lawmakers … programs that are more transparent than the older ones. … an improvement, but transparent programs can still … still fail to meet transparency requirements of …

QA With the MEDC: Verifying Jobs Resulting From Special Government Favors

State Reps call for greater transparency or elimination of program

… a greater degree of transparency at the MEDC. "Clearly, … significant lack of transparency at MEDC," Rep. Switalski … show that there was no transparency and no accountability, … $100K Pressure Mounting For MEDC Transparency A …

Pressure Mounting For MEDC Transparency

House Democrats call for scrutiny of corporate welfare programs; accountability for tax dollars

Those who want to bring transparency to the Michigan … criticized for a lack of transparency.  House Democrats … make the MEDC more transparent. In fact, House … Democrats want more than transparency; they want provisions …

DPS Building Scandal Highlights Need For Transparency

… underscores the importance of transparency. The Mackinac … making government more transparent. Putting bid documents … infrastructure. With regards to transparency in contracting, …

Mackinac Center Files Open Records Lawsuit Against State Government Over Flint Water Documents

Open government requires timely information

… “effort to increase transparency and make information … government requires transparency, especially during … balking at Michigan’s transparency laws.” On March … state is claiming to be transparent in public yet still …

Lawmakers Looking At MEDC Transparency

… attempt to bring more transparency to the Michigan … for being less than transparent .  According … concerns over its anti-transparency image. One … The key word here is transparency, and I'm proud to …

Analysis: Lawmakers Fail to Answer Questions About Film Subsidy Transparency

… agree that the more transparency in government spending … been written about transparency, the word "scrutinized" … state House to pass new transparency laws . In … address additional transparency concerns. ..." Instead, …

Transparency Demanded for Film Subsidy Program

… today calls for more transparency from the Michigan … office to be more transparent .

The Importance of Transparency

… MEDC ." Concerns over transparency in the MEDC and … there is more at stake: Transparency also helps expose … the MEDC become more transparent. Conversely, the MEDC's lack of transparency further heightens …

Show and Tell

… Michigan government’s transparency and accountability, …

Mackinac Center FOIA Lawsuit with University of Michigan Receives Wide Coverage

Here’s how the Legislature can solve the problem going forward

… legal fees, add new transparency workers and release … enhance Michigan’s transparency laws. Media …

No Checkbook Left Behind

… grade when it comes to transparency. "After two … 'A' students in the transparency class have been …

Oh, The Things You Will Learn

An intern's brush with bureaucracy

… increasingly many promise transparency. But a look at how …

Traverse City Schools Set Transparency Precedent

… district is raising transparency to a new level … bargaining process transparent, as TCAPS superintendent …

Senate Bills Would Bring More Transparency to MEDC

… toward putting that transparency permanently into …

Transparency

Lawmakers Poised To Continue Corporate Welfare Fund

Program track record includes inaccurate job creation claims, little transparency

… provide additional transparency. We will continue … going but with greater transparency. That part of the … to provide greater transparency, although in its … would provide greater transparency. In the fall …

Dear House Tax Committee: Pure Michigan Return on Investment Not Validated

State Rep. Jim Tedder asks the right question

… extensively about a lack of transparency in the Pure Michigan … had a “lack of total transparency,” and acknowledged … Longwood’s lack of transparency, this second outfit …

U-M Refuses to Disclose Its President's Politicking

… Sunshine Week, when transparency in government is …

Funds Disclosure

… our point about more transparency being vital at … consistently less transparent over the past decade. … the state. "Such a lack of transparency cannot benefit …

School District Saves $60K by Being More Transparent

… dedicated to government transparency was all it took … has shown, government transparency has positive ‘real world’ …

Prop 2 May Put FOIA on Ice for Media, Others

… greater government transparency — recently vetoed …

Center Expert Discusses Genesee School Lawsuits

Details of lawsuit kept mum; Center advocates for transparency.

House Panel Likely to Approve FOIA Reforms

Legislation designed to rein in unjustified fees, increase government transparency

… standardization and transparency," said Rep. Mike … also: How CapCon Uses Transparency Laws To Hold Government …

A Plea for Fairness, Transparency and Intellectual Honesty

Testimony prepared for the Michigan Travel Commission

… demand greater fairness, transparency and intellectual … willing to publish a transparent review of Pure Michigan’s … program. They ought to be transparent on their views and …

Attitude Adjustment

Editorial calls on schools to post spending

… and should embrace transparency "at a time when … advocating for spending transparency at all levels of …

Detroit News Exposes MEDC Secrecy

… reports on the lack of transparency from Michigan’s …