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State Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso, and Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore; plan to introduce a bill which would require the Office of State Finance to operate a Web site database where citizens could access government spending activity. They call it the Oklahoma Accountability and Transparency Act.
An editorial in the Tulsa World today questions the motives behind this bill because Rep. Wesselhoft took an indirect swipe at higher education funding in his press release explaining the bill and their intent.
Sen. Brogdon is the guy to watch and his motives on this proposal may be suspect. It was Brogdon who spearheaded the wrongheaded TABOR imitative that drew notoriety because of using illegal signature gatherers. TABOR had minimal support in Oklahoma and was financed largely by New York City real estate zillionaire, Howard Rich, who incidentally gave $5,000 (the maximum allowable) to Brogdon’s 2006 re-election campaign. Why would a New York City financial tycoon give an Oklahoma State Senator a political contribution? Brogdon is also the darling of Americans For Tax Reform (ATR). The ATR leader, Grover Norquist, advocates “shrinking the government to a size where it can be drowned in a bathtub.
Transparency is a good idea at any level of government. But we know Brogdon is consumed with crippling Oklahoma’s ability to use the common wealth for the common good. So, exactly who and what does Brogdon want to watch?
Will he also insist the Legislature be transparent in all its dealings?