The following statement can be attributed to Nancy Wang, Executive Director of Voters Not Politicians, on the ethics and transparency bills passed by the House:
“Over the past two years, Voters Not Politicians has worked collaboratively with leadership on both sides of the aisle to develop a comprehensive, bipartisan package of ethics and transparency bills that will fundamentally change the way our state government operates.
We are excited to see the package pass in the House today. Too many times, however, we would get this far only to see nothing happen in the Senate. Senate leaders of both parties repeatedly tout their commitment to ethics and transparency — now is the time to move beyond mere words to real action.
These bills set Michigan in the right direction to ensure our elected officials are accountable to voters. Right now, Michigan is an extreme outlier among states, lacking even basic laws that give voters the information we need to know how politicians make decisions and whether they are serving our interests. Voters Not Politicians has supported stronger language when it comes to financial disclosure, but these bills represent a solid foundation that can be built upon over time, and the People expect swift passage in the Senate.”
CONTACT: Hannah Lupi