Governor Dannel P. Malloy released an unusual second budget proposal yesterday, which seeks to close a $922 million deficit in the 2017 fiscal year. Significantly, like the budget the Appropriations Committee recently released, the governor’s budget proposes to “[e]stablish the State Elections Enforcement Commission, Office of State Ethics, and Freedom of Information Commission as Standalone Agencies.” See Budget Proposal, p.9. In other words, they would no longer be part of the Office of Governmental Accountability (OGA).
As I’ve explained in the past, the OGA was a good idea, but it has not worked out in practice. Governor Malloy’s willingness to reevaluate the OGA experiment is a sign of true leadership, and the open government community should thank him for that.