Massachusetts Democrats believe that public officials should be held to the highest standards of integrity and accountability. We believe that government should be open and inclusive. We know that preserving the public’s trust in government is critically important to the future of our democracy.
As such, Massachusetts Democrats Support:
- Public hearings and other opportunities for citizens to influence the legislative process;
- Developing and utilizing accessible technologies to allow citizens to more directly interface with government and public services;
- Introducing and ratifying a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission; and
- Ethics reforms that maintain the integrity of government.
- Merit-based hiring of employees in the public sector through a transparent process, including the public posting of positions, in the interest of eliminating patronage hiring.
- The public financing of all partisan elections in Massachusetts, in order to reduce the influence of lobbyists, corporate special interests and wealth, increase election competition, and provide an opportunity for every citizen, regardless of economic circumstance, to run for public office.
- Ensuring that the public has convenient, inexpensive, and quick access to all public documents, at the executive, legislative, judicial, and local levels of government. In order to achieve this, all public information should be posted on government websites, using a machine-readable format.
- State constitutional offices and the legislature should be as transparent in its deliberations as possible, including holding open public meetings as part of all decision-making processes concerning legislation, budgets, and policies.
- The Legislature should be an institution that empowers every member of the House of Representatives and the State Senate to have an equal voice in how decisions are reached. The Legislature should also post all roll call votes online, including votes on the floor of the House of Representatives and Senate, and by legislative committees.