May 27, 2009 A couple of local elected officials have caught our attention for setting examples that we can be proud of.
State Rep. Kevin Daley announced he was making his ten percent 'pay cut' effective immediately—instead of waiting until 2011 like most of his fellow lawmakers in Lansing—by donating $8,000 to Lapeer County charitable organizations.
Daley did so because he felt state politicians hoodwinked the general public approving the pay cut—which won't impact most of those currently serving in the House and Senate.
Though he just took office six months ago, Daley has repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to do what's right for his constituents and for the state.
Also attempting to bridge the gap is Almont Township Supervisor Paul Bowman, who has put together a guide for the public for township board meetings. The 'Welcome' pamphlet includes procedural guidelines at a glance, and also lists the names of all board members. In the pamphlet residents can easily learn how to place an item on the agenda, the parameters of public participation, the times of all regular meetings and other useful information. It also reiterates that board meetings are not to be considered public, community meetings but rather they are held in public for the purpose of conducting government business openly.
We applaud Daley and Bowman for their efforts on behalf of taxpaying citizens. Earnest and refreshing, they go beyond the self-serving political gestures that have become commonplace in all levels of government.