Guest Commentary: Government becoming more transparent in modern era

Government transparency has been the focus of many news stories as of late. In this modern age of sophisticated technology, social media platforms and watchdog reporters, it is now easier than ever to keep up with the inner workings of government.

Transparency is the key to having an administration that is supported and trusted by the people it serves. At its core, transparency is important because it holds government accountable for its actions. But accountability only works if citizens are on the other side taking a look at the information provided and responding.

In April, the Indiana Transparency Portal hosted by my office was ranked No. 1 in the nation by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. This website is dedicated solely to sharing data with the public. Government employees' salaries, state agency expenditures and detailed budget information are all readily available. Last week, I held a press conference highlighting the addition of Indiana's $13 billion in fixed assets to the ITP. Continue>>>