"Vermont Transparency Tour" to kick off next month

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September 29, 2011

Vermont

Montpelier, VT: In New York and Vermont, September seems to have become "government transparency month." We reported earlier this week on New York's new citizen access website. Today, we bring you an update on the Vermont Transparency Tour, a 12-stop training tour scheduled to kick off in October.

The idea started with Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, who wants to use the training to educate local and state officials about Vermont's public records laws. Condos, who first announced the tour back in April, believes that "open government is good government," and recognizes "distrust in government is not good for our democratic process - the public has a right to know the truth about what the government is doing."[1]

Though the tour is open to the public, it is targeted to state and local officials along with residents who serve on government boards, commissions, and panels. The tour is part of a continued effort to increase the level of transparency of the Green Mountain State's government: the website http://www.vttransparency.org/, first released in 2009, offers curious citizens an opportunity to learn more about state spending, revenue, compensation, and vendors - just to name a few. The tour kicks off on October 11 in Montpelier and is scheduled to conclude on November 22 in Hartford.[2]

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