Posts Tagged ‘ Transparency & Accountability ’

Dems: Reforming the use of eminent domain in Iowa

May 10, 2015

The Senate Government Oversight Committee has approved legislation that would curtail the use of eminent domain for certain energy projects proposed by private companies in Iowa. Eminent domain is the right of government to appropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation for the property owner. Lawmakers have heard concerns from landowners about…

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Dems: Transparency & accountability in state government

May 4, 2015

We must ensure that hush money, secret settlements and political cronyism are not part of Iowa’s state government. Last year, Iowans learned that departments in Governor Branstad’s administration used taxpayer dollars to make hush-money payments to fired state employees. An investigation by the Senate’s Government Oversight Committee uncovered hush money offers and payments to former…

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Dems: Iowa ranks high for government transparency

March 29, 2015

Iowa received an “A-” when it comes to government spending transparency, according to Following the Money 2015: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data, the sixth annual report by the Public Interest Research Group. Senate Democrats strongly support better ways to inform Iowa taxpayers about how and where their…

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Dems: Making state government more accountable & transparent

March 21, 2015

Over the last year, the Senate Government Oversight Committee has investigated numerous allegations of hush money, slush funds, black lists and lack of transparency throughout Governor Branstad’s administration. This week, the Senate approved SF 321 to ensure state agencies that save money by purchasing through the state’s master contracts get those dollars back. The Department…

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Dems: Focusing on results makes government more effective

March 18, 2015

As we look for ways to do more with less, adopting evidence-based programs and practices can help. By funding programs that prove their value, we can boost efficiency and accountability, while achieving better results for taxpayers. The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative reviewed more than 100 state statutes approved between 2004 and 2014, and identified five…

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