Does the state budget reflect the priorities of all Floridians, or just the priorities of campaign fundraisers and special interest groups? Should Floridians have the same opportunity to follow their money with the same information that legislators have? Or are the rules different for lawmakers?
Those were some of the questions posed by Dan Krassner, from the good-government group Integrity Florida, on a conference call on Friday morning. He was talking about Transparency 2.0 — the government accountability website used by the Florida Senate that is inaccessible to Florida taxpayers, and may be completely shut down by lawmakers at the end of this month.
Last year, the Florida Legislature passed a law requiring Gov. Rick Scott to create a web portal that makes the state budget and related documents transparent to the public. But according to Budget Transparency in the Sunshine State, a new report just published by Integrity Florida and the First Amendment Foundation, this extremely useful website is in danger of going away before ever making its public debut.