Transparency and Accountability

In our democratic system of government, we the people elect representatives to govern on our behalf, and at election time we evaluate their job performance. Transparency in government allows people to see what is going on, so they can communicate their views to their representatives and hold them accountable for the decisions they make or fail to make.

Delaware needs serious reform. The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) gave us an F on transparency and accountability, placing us 48th in the nation. The CPI Report puts solid evidence behind complaints we hear regularly about Delaware’s political culture – that it’s difficult and expensive for citizens to access the information they need and to make their voices heard; that cronyism, nepotism, and patronage play too large a role in public decision-making; that conflicts of interest openly abound; that partisanship too often dominates; and that we still suffer from the “pay to play” political culture described years ago in the Veasey Report.

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