Good government is open and transparent. It lets the public participate in decision making, and it forces us to think about policy based on everyone’s long term good, rather than short term political expediency. I write to let you know about the step I am encouraging the Boston City Council to take to help Boston government work smarter and better – and to help you understand what we’re doing.
People tell me that the minutes of City Council meetings are hard to understand. I am introducing an ordinance that requires the minutes to be comprehensible – written in plain English, and made available to the public online. While the Council currently posts the minutes on its web site, it’s not required to, we could therefore stop posting them any time.
We can’t move the city forward if we’re afraid to even consider new ideas and change the way we do business.
We establish instruments of government to protect our common interests. Those of us in government have a duty to make certain we are spending tax dollars wisely – and let you know what we’re doing with those tax dollars.
It’s basic, it’s simple. That’s what this is all about.