Let the Sunshine In: County Leaders Hear How to Improve Government Transparency

By Caleb Taylor How can Arkansas counties improve their online transparency? Arkansas Center for Research in Economics (ACRE) Policy Analyst Mavuto Kalulu and ACRE Program Coordinator Terra Aquia discussed this and the findings of a new Transparency Index at the County Judges 2018 Fall meeting on September 14th in North Little Rock. County Judges are […]

This County Has Arkansas’s Most Transparent Government

By Caleb Taylor Is your county government giving citizens all the facts they need to stay informed? You can find out through a new Transparency Index released by the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics this week. This inaugural index produced by ACRE Policy Analyst Mavuto Kalulu and Program Coordinator Terra Aquia ranks all Arkansas […]

ACRE Alum Momand Discusses How Citizens Can Improve Regulations

By Caleb Taylor Federal regulators do read the comments, but are you submitting any? Former ACRE Research Fellow and UCA Schedler Honors College alum Maleka Momand was a guest at the Federalist Society’s Regulatory Transparency Teleforum, The Commenting Power: Agency Accountability through Public Participation, on March 21st to discuss the federal “notice and comment rulemaking […]

Shine a Light on Local Governments

By Caleb Taylor In an op-ed published Thursday in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, ACRE Policy Analyst Dr. Mavuto Kalulu and ACRE Research Assistant Terra Aquia discuss the need for greater transparency of county government operations in Arkansas. According to Kalulu and Aquia, county governments in general are far less transparent than state government in Arkansas. Kalulu […]

Arkansas County Government Cannot Be ‘Transparent’ When One-Third of Them Have No Web Presence

By Dr. David Mitchell For Arkansans to be able to insist upon and receive good government, we must have easily available information about county government finances. Currently Arkansas law requires that county governments make their financial status public only once per year, and only in the print newspaper with the largest circulation in the county. […]

State Mandates for County Fiscal Transparency are Outdated

In order to be effective citizens who insist upon and receive good government, voters must have information. How much do Arkansans know about the financial health of their county governments? Arkansas law (ACA § 14-21-102(b)) requires that county governments make their financial status public only once per year, and only in the print newspaper with […]