True representative democracy is predicated on an enlightened and informed electorate.
One of the cornerstones of our type of government is that the ones who govern do so by the decision of and at the will of the governed. As taxpayers, we have a right to know how our hard-earned tax dollars are being spent.
We endorse State Representative Toby Barker's work on the Mississippi Taxpayer Transparency Act. As we reported on "7 On Your Side," Barker authored a bill that would allow taxpayers to go to a Web site to see a rundown of where state money is being spent from bond money to state contracts.
The Transparency Act passed the House and will now go to the Senate. As Barker said, "It is about sunshine, it is about open government and access, and it allows us to have a conversation on where our government can improve in its efficiency."
I find that very hard logic to be against. We urge you to contact your state senator and urge them to vote for the Taxpayer Transparency Act. Let's make sure our government stays one "Of the people, by the people and for the people."
I'm Jim Cameron with today's viewpoint. Let us know what you think.
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