Editorial: Bolster public confidence in government

For decades, Florida’s best leaders have embraced open, accountable, ethical government as a fundamental right of the state’s residents.

But others aren’t so sure. Open-government rules are seen as stumbling blocks to efficient action, and inquisitive members of the public cast as annoying gadflies. Trust us, these officials say. We know what’s best. These warring points of view play out in nearly every session of the Legislature.

Last year, proponents of good government scored significant victories, pushing back against attempts to increase secrecy in government and making substantial progress in reforming the state’s patchy ethics codes. And when the state’s annual legislative session started in March, it looked like another good year for Florida’s residents. But with just two weeks left in the session, things aren’t looking so rosy. Continue>>>