ICYMI: If Elected, Raúl Labrador Says He Would Reduce Fraud and Mismanagement in Idaho Government
I’ll stand with Raúl.
The following article by Cynthia Sewell appeared in the Idaho Statesman on January 17. An excerpt is below.
"If elected, Raúl Labrador says he would reduce fraud and mismanagement in Idaho government by creating a hotline to anonymously report problems, and an independent special unit to investigate them.
'There’s currently no easy way for citizens and whistleblowers inside government agencies to anonymously report waste or corruption,' the Republican candidate for governor said in a news release. 'As governor, I’ll create an internet portal for concerned citizens and state employees to report their concerns about government waste and corruption. Tips received will be aggressively followed up and investigated....'
Labrador also wants to expand publishing spending data for all state agencies online and make it easier for citizens to find out what their government is up to.
'As governor, I’ll work with the Legislature to pass legislation that closes loopholes in Idaho’s open meetings law and additionally requires public agencies to post meeting notices, agendas, and minutes at a centralized, publicly accessible website,' he said.
And, Labrador wants to modernize Idaho’s public records laws. He said he would support legislation to increase penalties for bureaucrats who willfully violate the law, and shorten the time periods agencies have to fulfill most requests. He would also seek to make information stored in databases more accessible, and make it easier for Idahoans to receive more government records for free or at low cost.
'I will not allow the government abuses that have become all too common to continue. No longer will broadband contracts be awarded illegally, taxpayer monies be wasted, whistleblowers be unfairly singled out, and millions of your tax dollars spent on urban renewal projects without adequate oversight,' Labrador said in the news release.
Labrador presented the plan as 'the second plank of his conservative vision for a stronger Idaho.'