Concerned that "government's never been that open", he talked about his latest initiative, the state's Spending Transparency website, where monthly and annual spending reports for state agencies are posted on the web. He also talked about his efforts to make this program available for local-level governments, working with banks to help local governments make their transaction data available online.
Eckstrom also passed out copies of this much-easier to read "Citizens Report", giving the highlights of state government finances for 2008.
We've been big fans of his contined calls for increased transparency in state government, which is part of his mission to promote fiscal accountability. It's just the right thing to do and we're glad this guy is leading the charge for real fiscal reform in state government.
By the way – the group meets there every second Saturday at 9am sharp. It’s always a good show, so if you’re in that neck of the woods, don’t miss it!
On a final note ... While the Grim Reaper endorsed his opponent in 2002, he did tell us that he felt that might have a better chance at getting that crucial endorsement next time, saying “I should because I’m working my staff to death these days.”