Advocating for Openness in Local Government

The Transparency Project of Georgia is a grassroots public advocacy project that promotes openness in local government, advocates for citizens who believe their rights of access have been denied, helps to give journalists another voice as they strive to serve as a public watchdog and provides important information for public officials regarding the ethics of…

Time to build culture of open government

MACON — Watchdog groups, community activists, students and journalists joined the Transparency Project of Georgia and the Georgia First Amendment Foundation for the first in a statewide series of Open Government Symposiums in Macon Friday. Jim Zachary told the group, “It is up to all of us to build a culture of government transparency across…

Legislation by loophole is a violation of the public trust

Some big corporate fat cat finds loopholes in the tax code and pays virtually no income taxes despite making millions and living a lavish lifestyle. A successful high-profile hedge fund manager finds ways to benefit from proprietary information and grow personal investments without technically being guilty of insider trading. A large commercial developer knows all…

Government retreats show disregard for citizens

It is that time of year again. It is retreat season Local governments are planning their out-of-town all-day or two-day retreats where they get together and discuss their respective legislative agendas for the rest of the year. To be fair, they give public notice and the public is welcome to attend. We should also say…