The following statements are from Senate Democrat Leader Vi Simpson (D-Ellettsville) in regards to the recent release of state agency responses to her request for information about budget cuts to state programs.
“I’m happy to see that at least some of the information we’ve been requesting for the last six months has been released by the governor. The governor has changed his position, evidently, on keeping this information secret from the public.
“We’ll be analyzing the information just like everyone else, and there may be additional questions that we have that we will pose to the individual department heads.
“Any information is better than what we’ve had from the administration, so we’re very pleased that the governor has changed his mind and decided to release some of the information to the public.”
LISTEN to Simpson’s audio statement>> regarding the recent release of state agency responses.
“We’re very pleased with the progress we’re making with the Senate Democrat Open Government Initiative that we’ll be introducing in the fall in the form of legislation.
“This is a first step. We also understand that the Budget Agency has decided to put some of this information up on a website, which we had called for.
“We’re making some progress but we have a long way to go and we look forward to working with our colleagues in the legislature and in the governor’s office to make public access and open government a reality in Indiana, at long last.”
LISTEN to Simpson’s audio statement>> on the progress of the Senate Democrats’ Open Government Initiative.