Labrador Unveils Plan To Make Government More Fair And Accountable
I’ll stand with Raúl.
The second plank of his Conservative Vision for a Stronger Idaho
Boise, ID – Today, gubernatorial candidate Raúl Labrador unveiled his plan to Make Government More Fair and Accountable to Idaho taxpayers, the second plank of his Conservative Vision for a Stronger Idaho.
Labrador’s five-point plan dramatically improves government transparency in Idaho. His comprehensive plan establishes an anonymous waste and corruption reporting hotline, creates an independent entity to investigate claims of fraud, theft, embezzlement, waste, abuse and mismanagement in state government, publishes spending data for all state agencies online, centralizes the posting of state agency public meeting notices on a new web portal, and modernizes Idaho’s public records law to make information stored in government databases more accessible to citizens.
“My plan reinforces the faith people have in their government by ensuring it's fully transparent and accountable to taxpayers,” said Labrador. “These actions strengthen our ability to clean up Boise, stamp out cronyism, and protect taxpayers and whistleblowers from government abuse. With the conservative leadership I will bring to state government, we will eliminate the roadblocks that have hampered transparency,” said Labrador. “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.”
Raúl Labrador, 50, is the frontrunner in the crowded Idaho Republican gubernatorial primary. He and his wife Becca are proud of their five children and one daughter-in-law, and are happily expecting their first grandchild. More information about Raúl Labrador and his campaign to become Idaho’s next governor, along with his plan to Make Government More Fair and Accountable, is available at www.RaulLabrador.com.
Conservative Vision for a Stronger Idaho
Make Government More Fair and Accountable
Anonymous Reporting Hotline
There’s currently no easy way for citizens and whistleblowers inside government agencies to anonymously report waste or corruption. 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.
Investigate Waste, Fraud and Abuse
Investigating waste and corruption is an important function of government, and it is important that the state government ensure the investigations are being conducted independently of political considerations. That’s why I will see to the creation of an independent entity that will investigate claims of fraud, theft, embezzlement, waste, abuse and mismanagement in state government. Taxpayers must know that there exists an authority with broad powers to hold state government accountable to the people.
Publish State Spending Data for All Agencies Online
Idaho made incremental progress towards transparency when it started publishing spending data for a few small departments online, but it omitted information for the big agencies that spend most of your tax dollars. As governor, I’ll spearhead efforts to put spending data for all state agencies online, so citizens can see how their tax dollars are spent.
Make Public Meetings More Open
Most government business is conducted in meetings. Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible for citizens to know what their government is doing in these meetings without great effort. 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.
Modernize Idaho’s Public Records Law
Idaho’s public records law needs to be modernized. Certain records and data should require no more than a mouse click to access. As governor, I’ll support legislation to make information stored in databases more accessible, increase penalties for bureaucrats who willfully violate the law, shorten the time periods agencies have to fulfill most requests, and make it easier for Idahoans to receive more government records for free or at low cost.