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.


Editorial: Wallingford Center Inc. needs transparency if it wants public funds

Seventy-eight thousand, six hundred and fifty dollars may not be a huge sum in the budget of a town like Wallingford, but why should the town be granting that amount of taxpayer money annually to a “private, nonprofit organization” that doesn’t think those taxpayers are entitled to know what goes on at its meetings?

That’s one question raised by the complaint Town Councilor Craig Fishbein has filed with the Freedom of Information Commission against Wallingford Center Inc. There are others.


City representative wins FOI complaint against ethics board

From Stamford Advocate:

The state Freedom of Information Commission ordered Board of Ethics members to undergo Freedom of Information training after ruling the board's hearing panel improperly entered an executive session during a May 2011 meeting.