Which Side Their Bacon’s Buttered On
I’ve been meaning to make sure y’all are aware of a newly available resource for transparency in state government:
For the first time, the commission has posted online the latest financial disclosure statement filed by each of the state’s general officers – the governor, lieutenant governor, state treasurer, secretary of state and attorney general – and every current state legislator.
The filings can be found under the heading “financial disclosure” on the Ethics Commission’s web page: http://www.ethics.ri.gov/disclosure/
Our judiciary can declare legislators’ votes to be sacrosanct, but if voters have the right information — and someday manage to gather the will to deny lawmakers’ political checkmate — they can punish the appearance of impropriety.