EDITOR'S NOTE-> The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Standard-Times for publication in the September 6 issue. Unfortunately, because of a lack of space, not all letters submitted were printed.
I’m not sure why so much of our government has been given over to the quasi-public agencies like the Economic Development Corporation, Resource Recovery Corporation, the Narragansett Bay Commission, the Airport Corporation and all the rest.
To me, they often seem like little more than elaborate ways to evade the rules of state government, especially rules that require transparency and accountability. I have long wished that these quasi-publics could be reined in somehow, especially the Economic Development Corporation.
Imagine my pleasure to learn that my own state Senator, Jim Sheehan of North Kingstown and Narragansett, has been pushing for years for legislation to do exactly that. Indeed, he crafted model quasi-public reform legislation which established the Quonset Development Corporation some years ago!
This past year, Senator Sheehan supported legislation that would have forced the quasi-publics to obey state purchasing regulations and the Open Records Act, and sponsored legislation that would force them to undergo performance audits and to make their budgets more public.
Unfortunately, these bills did not pass this spring. But, I have high hopes, though, that the disaster of 38 Studios will open the doors for passing this legislation in 2013.
Please join me in voting for Senator Sheehan to finish this important work!
North Kingstown, RI