If we all remain diligent. We are hopeful our state officials will spend the money wisely and for the purposes it is intended. But we and others stand ready to verify how and where and with whom it is spent.
We believe we have reason to worry.
One word that was strangely absent in the settlement announcement Thursday was “transparency.” That’s strange because we were personally promised a transparent process when it comes to spending the windfall.
But that was a promise made by Trudy Fisher, who is no longer director of the Department of Environmental Quality.
Now we find the well-worn shroud of secrecy has already begun to fall.
The court filings, reported the Associated Press, have a confidentiality order that bars any of the parties from going into specifics. So, it appears the details will be worked out in secret.