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State view: Goal is greater transparency in local government budgets, spending

Published 03/30/2012, Duluth News Tribune

Once upon a time responsible citizen oversight and engagement in local government was considered the cornerstone of a successful democracy. In the 1930s this notion wasn’t just a philosophical exercise; it had real practical relevance. The Great Depression was creating extraordinary economic stress on citizens, and spending by local governments — pretty much the only government that mattered back then — demanded careful citizen attention.

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