Government Secrecy in closed settlements serves no one

Ellis says something I try to bang in people’s heads all the time, it’s your money, you are the boss;

Put aside the corruption issue. It’s a matter of good government. And good government is about understanding who the boss is. And the boss is you, the taxpayer.

YOU pay the money that gets secretly negotiated away in these confidential settlements to who knows who for who knows what. It’s YOU, the taxpayer, who pays the salaries of the public officials who negotiated the confidential settlements. They work for YOU, not the other way around. And besides the potential for abuse, confidential settlements also allow government officials to hide their incompetence from you, the employer. What if the government is negligent in some matter? They can hide it from the taxpayer with a confidential settlement.

You can bet that when Jamison’s bill gets its hearing, the defenders of this practice will argue that confidential settlements give local governments leverage to negotiate better deals. That they save taxpayer money.

They can say it all they want. But you know what they can’t do? Prove it.

That has been my argument for ages. They tell us it must be secret, but they can’t tell us why. Because if they did, a lot of them would be in jail.

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#1 The D@ily Spin on 02.05.17 at 12:28 pm

I get the impression Ellis would like to report what’s really going on with city government. The truth gets quelled by the mayor and billionaires who own this town. I wish citizens could get the real story. Would they care if they did? Perhaps the only answer for when taxes are high, crime is rampant, and infrastructure fails is to move. Surrounding communities are democracy without socialist Strong Mayor Charter. We don’t have to move far and come here to remember what once was an all American city.