23 Apr Rep-Am: Open Government. Let the Sunshine In.
Connecticut Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo is championing legislation to reform oversight of state government’s taxpayer-funded economic-development initiatives. House Bill 7316 is before the legislature’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. “Connecticut is now one of only two states in the nation where the success of economic development programs is analyzed by the same agency that administers the programs,” Mr. Lembo said. “An unbiased assessment of the performance and administration of these programs has in other states resulted in opportunities for savings.” A similar bill passed last year but was vetoed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who has been unenthusiastic about this year’s version.
Gov. Malloy vetoed last year’s legislation largely because he found legislative oversight “unnecessary and unwarranted.” The governor “remains critical,” the (Meriden) Record-Journal reported April 15. H.B. 7316 is supported by entities as diverse as Yankee, the AFL-CIO, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Connecticut Voices for Children. It also has bipartisan legislative support, according to the Record-Journal. Gov. Malloy should consider this.