The City of Wichita says it values open and transparent government, but the city lags far behind in providing information and records to citizens.
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Government promotes and promises transparency, but finds it difficult to actually provide.
Perspectives may differ, but the point is the same -- more government transparency leads to more citizen engagement and better outcomes in communities, states, and nations.
A new law in Kansas may provide opportunities for better enforcement of the Kansas Open Records Act.
As part of a plan for spending a dedicated tax revenue stream, the Wichita city council should include disclosure of spending. It would fulfill a campaign promise.
I am writing to ask your assistance in obtaining records from a government agency. Specifically, I asked Go Wichita Convention and Tourism Bureau for a copy of a contract the organization recently formed with an external entity.
Opponents of a bill targeted at reducing the cost of acquiring public documents say it will eliminate a necessary revenue stream for many Kansas government entities.
A committee of the Kansas house of Representatives will consider a bill that would make small but welcome reforms to the Kansas Open Records Act.
Despite the City of Wichita's support for government transparency, citizens have to ask the legislature to add new law forcing the city and its agencies to comply with the Kansas Open Records Act.
Public or private? GoWichita, Wichita Downtown Development Corporation and the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition get more than three million dollars a year. Some of that is taxpayer money.
Kansas has a weak open records law. Wichita doesn't want to follow the law, as weak as it is.
It's hard to obtain and use local office campaign finance reports in Kansas.
Government officials using secret email accounts to conduct official business is a serious problem.
On the KAKE Television public affairs program "This Week in Kansas" the failure of the Wichita City Council, especially council member Pete Meitzner, to recognize the value of open records and open government is discussed.
The Wichita City Council, when presented with an opportunity to increase the ability of citizens to observe the workings of the government they pay for, decided against the cause of open government, preferring to keep the spending of taxpayer money a secret.
Wichita, if it wanted to, could provide greater transparency and access to open government.
The City of Wichita relies on a narrow and unreasonable interpretation of the Kansas Open Records Act to avoid letting citizens know how taxpayer money is spent.
Responses to records requests made by Kansas Policy Institute are bringing attention to shortcomings in the Kansas Open Records Act.
A report by State Integrity Investigation provides detail on the weakness in the application of the Kansas Open Records Act.
On an episode of KAKE Television's "This Week in Kansas," the disdain of Go Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Wichita towards open records and government transparency is discussed.