Sunday, March 30, 2008

You Don't Need To Know

Senate Budget and Taxation Committee Chairman Ulysses Currie is blocking a transparency bill , which would require the state to create a website that would post the details of any expenditure over $25,000.

Currie cited his concern that the website would cost $300,000 to build and operate.

Funny, when the possibility of good accountability raises its head, Currie suddenly finds religion on concern for spending. Meanwhile Currie voted against an amendment , which would have stripped $1,000,000 from the state budget to build a "multicultural center" for the Central American Solidarity Association (CASA).

Perhaps the question of what constitutes legitimate government functions and responsibilities is what confounds the good senator. After all this is guy who said, "Lobbyists almost have no influence on the vote."

UPDATE
If we had a transparency law on the books we might have known sooner about the spending shenanigans at Morgan State and St. Mary's College. Spending--in the case of St. Mary's College -- which built a $6.7 million , 7,000 square foot waterfront development a mere 50 feet from the riverfront.

I am curious if Governor O'Malley's vaunted State Stat program, which Currie thinks is sufficient for accountability, picked up on this one. Don't bet on it. Even though the governor stated--in full throated self righteous sanctimony--"We are going to stop encroachment on our precious shoreline," REFUSED a request to investigate St. Mary's building on the waterfront.

4 comments:

Daniel said...

This is pure BS.

The public needs this as part of our "oversight" (cough) to know just how our legislators are spending our hard earned dollars.

Just like Porkbusters, this needs to happen.

And we need to bombard the legislature with our calls and emails to get it done, apparently.

Daniel said...

Lobbyists have almost no vote, huh?

This Sunday morning headline:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/politics/bal-te.md.liquor30mar30,0,1090318.story

San said...

Mark, please contact me via email on this issue. I am personally related in a certain way to the building at St. Mary's. Yes, there is fiscal irresponsibility, but you are misplacing which was which.

sanchi_tachi@yahoo.com is my email. I can then reveal who I am afterwards. Thanks.

The Waterman said...

This is absurd. The federal government and several other states have already instituted similar programs without the costs being prohibitive. There's a whole list of them right here.

Maybe Currie ought to do a little real research before opening his mouth.

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