In accordance with the power vested in me as Governor by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Montana, I hereby veto House Bill No. 444 (HB 444), "AN ACT CREATING THE MONTANA PUBLIC FINANCE WEBSITE; REQUIRING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A WEBSITE FROM WHICH THE GENERAL PUBLIC CAN SEARCH, RETRIEVE, AND DOWNLOAD INFORMATION ABOUT THE STATE FINANCES, INCLUDING STATE ENTITY BUDGETS, REVENUE, APPROPRIATIONS, AND EXPENDITURES BY EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE, AND JUDICIAL BRANCH AGENCIES; AND PROVIDING FOR DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION DUTIES AND RULEMAKING AUTHORITY."This veto is just plain WRONG FOR MONTANA taxpayers. The Governor claims the cost operating this website would be over $400,000 per year yet the Republicans counter that it should only realistically cost the state between $50,000 to $100,000. In this bloggers opinion the veto of this bill will continue to cost Montana taxpayers millions of dollars per year. What would drive down the exorbitant cost of government faster than 900,000 taxpayer eyes affixed on a budget laden with wasteful spending who are willing to start screaming for wasteful spending to stop as soon as it is exposed? What is the governor afraid that we are going to see?
THIS VETO IS JUST PLAIN WRONG FOR MONTANA!
We need this transparency in not only state government but also in local and school district budgets as well. Time to call the governor’s office at 406-444-3111 and tell Governor BS that this veto is just plain BS
Read the whole story over at the Montana Watchdog.
Read the full text of HB 444 here and see who else voted to keep you in the dark