This Index is the culmination of a year’s worth of exhaustive and, occasionally, painstaking research, analysis, writing, editing and other related tasks performed by the BGA’s policy team, co-workers and contributors.
Now that the 2013 Index is available, one may ask: What type of reaction or change does this watchdog organization hope will occur by bringing to light this mass of crucial information and examination?
The BGA hopes this Index will help inspire people to press for more responsive government. Indeed, if this Index reflects one major trend, it’s that too many states are dismissing or ignoring the public’s right to know. That must change.
To that end, this Index provides the basic but crucial information needed to help people push their calcified governments towards their recognition that openness and accountability is not an obstacle, but rather, the basic passageway to greater democratic freedom and liberty.