(PUBLISHED REPORTER) – As we approach the end of 2021, California’s problems have become an embarrassing example of failure in management from the supply chain crisis to high rates of COVID despite draconian measures up and down the state on masks and vaccines. However, one topic that hardly got mentioned this year was the lack of transparency around California’s spending. As of today, California remains the only state in the Union that does not have transparent spending reports.
Adam Andrzejewski, founder of Open The Books, hopes to change this through his lawsuit against California Controller Betty Yee. Article 1, Section 9 of the US Constitution, states that “a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.” Adam believes that with the age of the Internet, there should be no excuse to not be transparent. “Transparency is transformation. Transparency revolutionizes US public policy and politics.”
Controller Yee has refused to provide a copy of line item vendor payments. In a Sacramento Supreme Court, the organization is waiting for the judge’s order, who has been “thoughtful and diligent”, according to Adam. “Open The Books” files 40,000 Freedom of Information Act requests per year and they have made line-by-line spending since 2001 for 49 of the 50 states, transparent on their website. California is the lone holdout.
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