State needs more transparency on corporate subsidies

shhhhKansas is one of only five states – along with Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho and Mississippi – that don’t put any corporate subsidy recipient data on the Internet, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Obtaining this information requires filing open-records requests and paying fees, sometimes hundreds of dollars. Randy Brown, executive director of the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government and a former editorial page editor at The Eagle, said that putting the information online would save time in processing open-records request and build trust with the public. “I don’t understand what government officials are afraid of in not putting this stuff out there,” Brown said.