Connecticut watchdog agencies fear results of deep cuts

The state’s watchdog agencies, whose budgets constitute a miniscule amount of the $19.8 billion state budget next year, say more cuts will leave them unable to function.

The executive directors of the Freedom of Information Commission, the State Election Enforcement Commission and the Office of State Ethics told the New Haven Register’s editorial board Thursday that their collective mission to provide transparency and keep government honest is being threatened.

“The primary responsibility of government is to protect the integrity of our democracy and together that is what we do,” said Carol Carson, executive director of the Office of State Ethics. Continue…