Restoring accountability and transparency is the only way to gain trust and confidence in government.
Through years of research – both scientific and antecdotal – Californians have been telling us for years that they want to invest in our state and needed programs, but they just don’t trust that the decision-makers will do the right thing with the money or spend it wisely.
The likelihood of getting a tax measure passed without budgetary reform and oversight are practically nil. One glance at Judy Lin’s AP article published yesterday supports this claim.
In fact, of all the crises California faces, the crisis in confidence is the greatest threat because until that is resolved, we cannot take on any other challenge cohesively.
Let’s hope the leaders in state government seize the opportunity to turn this gap in trust into a comprehensive reform plan that can make government work again.