MWDN: Speak up for Change

In a recent editorial (“A vote for secrecy on Beacon Hill”), you noted that transparency in government “is not a Republican issue nor a Democrat issue.” I couldn’t agree more.

That’s why I was proud, in the recent Senate Rules debate, to offer several amendments to increase transparency and public input in the legislative process, and to cross party lines to support the Republican amendment to post committee roll call votes online.

I firmly believe that the more open and transparent we are about the workings of Beacon Hill, the better and more responsive our government will ultimately be.

The truth is that increasing transparency isn’t about partisan politics – it’s about power. History has shown us time and time again that those in power – be they Democrats or Republicans, in Massachusetts or elsewhere – tend to want less transparency, and those not in power tend to want more.

As Frederick Douglass said, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” If you care about transparency in government, it’s important that you take the time to let your elected officials know.

If you want change, make your voice heard.

Jamie Eldridge
State Senator
Middlesex & Worcester District

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