By Stateside Staff of Michigan Radio
Another example of Michigan’s lack of government transparency was pointed out this week.
The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity looked into and found examples around the country of state lawmakers voting on bills that ended up benefiting their own business interests.
The AP reported in 47 states, those conflicts of interest were easily found. That’s because, almost everywhere, lawmakers had to disclose their occupation, income, or business associations. That’s real transparency.
Michigan does not require those disclosures.
In its Friday political roundup, Stateside host Lester Graham discussed this issue with Ken Sikkema, senior policy fellow with Public Sector Consultants and a former Republican majority leader in state Senate, and Vicki Barnett, a former Mayor of Farmington Hills and a former Democratic legislator.
Listen to the full conversation at the link below.
Ken Sikkema and Vicki Barnett join Stateside every Friday to break down the week’s political news.