Young: The shadow of anti-transparency creeps through Colorado Capitol

Colorado Newsline: The Colorado Legislature is a pretty polarized place, but if there is one area where you can count on bipartisanship at the Capitol, it’s aversion to transparency.

We live in an open society. We have a government for the people. Government business that is conducted in open view to the governed is therefore inherently superior to opacity. Public information should be as accessible as possible. Public policy should be formed with maximum openness.

There are reasonable exceptions — government information related to legal advice, certain personnel matters, law enforcement investigations and other sensitive topics demand secrecy, and there’s no real argument that absolute transparency would serve the public good.

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