Secretary of State wants transparency in Michigan government

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LANSING, Michigan (WLUC) – Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson this morning announced a program that she says will improve transparency in the Michigan government.

His “worst-to-first” legislative program calls for the freedom of information law, requiring all state officials to disclose their personal finances, to extend to the governor and the legislature.

Benson’s agenda also seeks to require all groups, committees and indirect political campaigns to report their expenses. She says the requirements need to be stepped up to ensure that secret or foreign money does not influence elections.

According to Benson, there should be a two-year gap between when state legislatures leave office and work as lobbyists.

Finally, she says all businesses and their owners who receive state grants should be banned from making political contributions.

The Secretary of State says she has been working on this proposal for years.

“It is a shame that our state ranks 50th in the country for open government,” said Benson. “That’s why 2 years ago, shortly after taking office, I called on the Legislature to pass a package of measures that would take Michigan from worst to first in open government. . “

Bensons says the items on his agenda are in the best interests of voters on both sides of the aisle. She hopes the legislature will move forward with its proposals within the year.

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