Madison – Kathleen Falk, Democratic candidate for governor and former Dane County Executive, today unveiled her ethics and transparency plan to “Reopen Wisconsin for the People,” designed to return citizens’ faith in the governor’s office by restoring the honesty, openness, transparency and accountability that has been lost due to Gov. Scott Walker’s actions over the last year.
“Through his actions, Gov. Walker has lost the trust of the people of Wisconsin and this is why more than one million citizens signed recall petitions against him,” said Falk. “As governor, I will work hard to earn your trust and work even harder to keep it.”
Bring Wisconsin Together Through Openness and Transparency in the Governor’s Office: Falk will make her schedule public, unlike Walker, who does not.
The day after she is elected governor, Kathleen will go to Waukesha where Republicans outnumber Democrats by more than two to one as an immediate start to bringing Wisconsin back together, to heal the divide Walker created, and to be a leader for all of the people – not just those in one political party.
Give Wisconsinites Access to How Their Tax Dollars Are Being Spent: Falk will order that state budget information be posted on the Internet in easily searchable formats, including the salaries and reimbursements of government officials, state contracts awarded and other pertinent information.
Redistricting Reform: Falk’s plan, based in part on the successful Iowa model, would have non-partisan, independent staff draw the boundaries, endthe use of taxpayer funds for hiring of private legal counsel associated with redistricting, place priority on constitutional redistricting principles, require explicitly the state adhere to the federal Voting Rights Act, and direct that communications related to drawing of maps are available for public inspection upon request.
Citizen Commission on Integrity and Transparency: Falk will create a Citizen Commission of Wisconsin citizens to develop a plan for increasing transparency for every area of government. This includes removing the more than three-dozen political patronage jobs created by Gov. Walker, as well as posting the hiring of top managers and officials in her administration.
Revive the Democracy Trust Fund and Wisconsin Election Campaign Fund: Falk will restore the Democracy Trust Fund and the Wisconsin Election Campaign Fund that Walker ended.
Honor the Open Meetings Law: Falk has been a longtime champion for open and accountable government and as Dane County Executive, Falk filed the first lawsuit against the open meetings violation in the passage of Gov. Walker’s infamous budget bill that took away workers’ rights. Falk will ensure the Department of Administration does not infringe on the rights of the people with regards to the legal rights of assembly and speech in the Capitol.
Protect Our Right to Vote: Falk opposes Walker’s Voter Suppression Bill, which is costing taxpayers over $17 million to implement, is an unfunded mandate on local government, makes it harder for hundreds of thousands of eligible citizens to vote, and purports to “solve” a problem that doesn’t exist.
A copy of Kathleen’s Transparency Plan to ‘Reopen Wisconsin for the People’ can be found here:
For more information, visit: www.KathleenFalk.com.
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