Tag Archives: Government Transparency

OUR VIEW: Pressing to keep government doors open

It was a strange case. Nearly a year ago an incident involving a former Nampa, Idaho man in Malheur County kicked off a string of events that eventually led to Oregon suing a small weekly newspaper in Vale. The man, Anthony Montwheeler, is accused of aggravated murder, assault and kidnapping connected to a January incident […]
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Editorial: Don’t want to release records? Just sue

It is an outrageous and deeply troubling trend in the age-old conflict between governments intent on secrecy and citizens interested in accessing public records: In a couple of recent cases this year in Oregon, government agencies have filed lawsuits against citizens who have sought records. This would be troubling enough if it was occurring only […]
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Welcome state audit — Opinion

We’re pleased that Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson seems to share our distaste for the practice of public agencies using tax dollars to sue people who ask for records to which they’re legally entitled. The Associated Press, in a story published in Monday’s issue of the Herald, reported that this problem is not limited […]
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Editorial: Public records law has another hole

For every step forward in Oregon’s public records law, there’s another example of government refusing to hand over potentially embarrassing information. A parent asked Portland Public Schools to turn over info about employees getting paid to stay home for alleged misconduct. The district sued the parent and an Oregonian reporter who requested the same information. […]
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Editorial: PERS panel must work in the public eye

Gov. Kate Brown has convened a special panel to try to find at least $5 billion worth of additional revenue to help fill the $24.5 billion unfunded liability in the state’s Public Employees Retirement System. Brown’s charge to the panel is to report back by Nov. 1 with a variety of ideas (even those that […]
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Governments turn tables, suing public-records requesters

Oregon mom who sought info about school employees paid to stay home is among those sued. An Oregon parent wanted details about school employees getting paid to stay home. A retired educator sought data about student performance in Louisiana. And college journalists in Kentucky requested documents about the investigations of employees accused of sexual misconduct. […]
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Oregon Health Authority staff should testify (Guest opinion)

Earlier this summer, reports broke that the Oregon Health Authority, the state agency charged with administering the Oregon Health Plan, was caught attempting to target FamilyCare, one of Oregon’s 16 coordinated care organizations that provides health care services to low-income families. Source: Oregon Health Authority staff should testify (Guest opinion) | OregonLive.com

New ballot bids on taxes and PERS

Bend firm on point for ballot measures. A partner in a Bend law firm with ties to the Republican Party is point man for proposed constitutional amendments on taxes and the Public Employees Retirement System. Source: New ballot bids on taxes and PERS; Bend firm on point for ballot measures

Editorial: Secrecy does not help find a PERS solution

Oregon’s politicians have done an appallingly poor job of managing the costs of the state’s pension fund. Would things get better with more secrecy? No. But Gov. Kate Brown has given her blessing that her task force set up to brainstorm $5 billion worth of solutions can meet in complete secrecy. Source: Editorial: Secrecy does […]
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Oregon legislators utilize pass-throughs to donate to campaigns

Oregon’s campaign finance law was built around a trade off. Any donor — whether in-state, out-of-state, special interest or corporate — can give unlimited amounts of cash to any state candidate as long as there is complete transparency. This keeps citizens informed and candidates aware their actions are public. Source: Oregon legislators utilize pass-throughs to donate to campaigns