State Rep. Bennett Ratliff (R - Coppell)
Currently, all of the information addressed in HB 14 is available via open records request. But those who’ve submitted ORR’s to government entities before know it can be a long and arduous cat-and-mouse game to get the information you need.
State Rep. Drew Darby (R - San Angelo)
Enter yesterday’s Appropriations subcommittee meeting:
Representatives Bennett Ratliff (R – Coppell) and Drew Darby (R – San Angelo) took turns attacking the premise that taxpayers should have easier access to information already made available to them upon request.
State Rep. Donna Howard (D - Austin)
In other words, taxpayers are too dumb to figure out if more debt and more spending is appropriate. They should have that information sanitized by local officials and bureaucrats before making a decision.
Also poking a head up against transparency was Austin Democrat Donna Howard, who has often criticized Republicans for playing games with the budget. Apparently keeping taxpayers uninformed is OK when it comes to local government debt.
State Rep. Myra Crownover (R - Lake Dallas)
If yesterday felt like a déjà vu moment, perhaps it’s because this same attack on transparency took place in the House State Affairs Committee a few weeks ago.
Are these conspicuous attacks by moderates in the House an attempt to kill these transparency measures before they have a chance to see the light of day? It sure seems like it.
Make sure your legislators know how you feel about it. Tell them to support commonsense reforms to increase transparency and promote good governance!