FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 13, 2015
Senator Wielechowski Urges More Fiscal Transparency
Senator asks Governor to fix “online checkbook” in wake of “F” grade
ANCHORAGE – Today, Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) sent a letter to Governor Bill Walker urging the administration to improve Alaska’s fiscal transparency, thus empowering Alaskans to see exactly how the state is spending its money.
A recent independent report, shared today by the PEW Charitable Trusts, hit Alaska with is second consecutive “F” grade for government transparency related to Alaska’s online checkbook. Alaska is among the three least transparent states, according to the report.
Wielechowski introduced a bill in 2008 to create an online checkbook for Alaska. That legislation passed in the Senate, but died in the House after the Palin administration announced it would create such a system. Unfortunately, that system has fallen far behind those in other states – it is difficult to navigate, is lacking in available information and has an inadequate search feature.
“I’ve focused on this issue for several years now,” Wielechowski said, “and Alaska should be leading the way in transparent government, rather than bringing up the rear. Governor Walker has prioritized transparency, and I’m confident we can take a unified approach to bringing state government closer to Alaskans.”
For more information contact Senator Bill Wielechowski at (907) 269-0120.