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Supporting transparency is good for the economy

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By Susan Boe

Day in and day out, the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is on the front lines, supporting the public’s right to know.
FOG has been educating, advocating and litigating for transparency and accountability in our government for almost 25 years.
So what? Why should you care? Isn’t access to public records a game of inside baseball that only political wonks and the press play? If you care about the state of the economy, you should care about open government. It’s not just about transparency and good government. It’s also about jobs and economic development, say a growing number of experts and policymakers.
Journalists were the first to push for access to public records in the ’60s and ’70s to find out what government was doing and to hold public officials accountable. However, today requests for public records are predominantly filed by businesses, outnumbering requests from the press by three or four to one, according to one nationwide survey.


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