In an editorial today that could herald the great advance of Colorado’s upcoming legislative session, the Denver Post lauds a proposal by Rep. Don Marostica (R-Loveland) and Sen. Mike Kopp (R-Littleton) that would place the state government’s check register online. Marostica made a similar legislative proposal in 2007, but was shot down with a ridiculous $2 million fiscal note from legislative staff. (Cost money? It’s much more likely to save taxpayer money.)
One line from the Post editorial jumped off the page when I read it:
Marostica again plans to sponsor a bill to create just such a site, and treasurer Cary Kennedy has supported the plan in theory, but wants some citizen protections in place. [emphasis added\
Uh, what? Clarification, please? It’s easy to support many things “in theory”. However, Democrat treasurer Cary Kennedy is concerned about protecting citizens from open government? From open government? That’s what it sounds like. And it sounds plausible. After all, this is the same Cary Kennedy who worked during the last election to “drive a stake in the heart” of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.
For those who want more information on the Marostica-Kopp transparency proposal, below the fold is a recent YouTube video interview: