Jason Mercier

For Sunshine Week, consider creating an open government ombudsman

Strong open government laws are critical to a well-functioning republic and ensuring public accountability. 

Changes to school bond vote requirements should be tied to the November general election

Moving to a 3/5 vote requirement for school bonds, IF the election is required to be held at the November general for maximum voter turnout and involvement.

Importance of open government laws on display with shocking stories

The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know.

Protect taxpayers by putting supermajority for tax increase requirements in state constitution  

With the exception of Washington state, policymakers in the Mountain States (Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming) have been very active the last few years prioritizing tax relief for citizens while making fiscally conservative budget investments.

Truth in Taxation improves property tax transparency

Property taxes are an important part of the tax base for school districts, local governments, and many states.

My checklist for analyzing policy

While politics, name-calling, and resorting to partisan labels may make for good TV, it rarely results in good policy.