Chariho School Parents’ Forum

February 19, 2009

Transparency on the move

Filed under: transparency — Editor @ 8:34 pm

We (you and me) started this blog in Dec 2006.  In February 07 OSPRI started the Transparency Train open government project.  February 9th of this year General Treasurer Caprio introduced the Treasury Online Checkbook. Feb 15th the Dept of Administration went online and the Governor’s office is following in a couple of weeks. 

Empowering citizens with information is, well, empowering. Its good to know what is going on, especially if you want to change it (like ending the ridicules practice of giving 10.5% raises for the first 10 years).

In those efforts, we are expanding the push to MA and will be speaking on this tonight on Blog Talk Radiofrom 8 to 8:30.  If you are so inclined, listen online and maybe even call in (number listed on website linked above).  I plan on referencing this Web site as a quick, free way than any citizen could do it in their town.

ps. For those of you who are donors to OSPRI, see above what we have been doing with your support. THANKS (and our grandchildren thank you)



  1. Listened to your show Mr. Felkner…as you know since the host referenced what I had to say…not sure how many people tuned in since the chat room only had a few, but perhaps people are able to listen without showing up in the chat room. I appreciate your doggedness in promoting transparency. I give you a lot of credit for the recent decision by Mr. Caprio to make state financial matters more transparent. Let’s hope it keeps spreading…maybe someday, probably the last in line…Chariho will see the light. Maybe not.

    Comment by Curious Resident — February 19, 2009 @ 10:05 pm | Reply

  2. I missed it last night but lookward to your appearance on Operation Clean Governments upcoming telecast. If you could take the time now to let us know when you will be on when it will be shot, I know it usually airs (STATE OF THE STATE) on SATURDAY Night at 11 AND SUNDAY Morning at 8am.

    Thanks for all you do. For all the tri town voters lets hope justice prevails. You’ve done your due dilgence.

    Comment by James Hirst — February 20, 2009 @ 6:34 pm | Reply

  3. Jim,
    I think its the 26th and I’ll post as we get closer, but we always post all items on the OSPRI site –

    Comment by Bill Felkner — February 20, 2009 @ 8:11 pm | Reply

  4. Mr. Felkner,

    I appreciate your responsive to one of your constituents, I’m grateful.

    I have gone onto the the Rhode Island Judiciary website.
    Their will be a frequently asked question area so you can know what to expect.

    The Supreme Court is located on the 7th floor of the Licht (Frank Licht former Governor of Rhode Island in the 1970’s) Building. Located at 250 Benefit Street, Providence, Rhode Island. The scheduling of cases can be ascertained/received from the Court Clerk at 222-3272. Pro Democracy folks will spread the word.

    Comment by James Hirst — February 20, 2009 @ 9:28 pm | Reply

  5. #3

    I appreciate that. I need to use OSPRI more and hopefully state wide we use it more. A gem of a site, no matter your politics. Great informational site. I will check that for more information and hopefully others will as well going forward.

    Comment by James Hirst — February 20, 2009 @ 9:34 pm | Reply

  6. Hi!
    It is important local media has this presentation in timely fashion. The Sun is ,.
    Not everyone routinely visitis this web site. Time and Channels important both on cable and normal broadcast.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — February 23, 2009 @ 4:17 pm | Reply

  7. I believe Mr. Felkner will be on Saturday night at 11pm and again at 8:00 am On RI 13 on the State Wide Service, Cox Cable. It is my understanding that taping will be scheduled for this week.

    This to my understanding is about Ocean State Policy Research Institute which he is President of. If Mr. Felkner reads this information he will contact this site if this is incorrect.


    Comment by James Hirst — February 23, 2009 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

  8. Not sure where to post, but an article in the Sun about Chariho hiring another law firm.

    “Cuz 1 just ain’t enough.”

    Notice in the article the school committee is planning more activity with Smith Hill. Will they represent the interest of the citizens and taxpayers of the towns, or will they represent the administration?

    I spoke early of the need to be represented on Smith Hill, looks like the SC took my advice, where are the citizens. Trust me 25 letters means less than 1 person testifying to a committee. Who will speak for us? Of course I can think of a few SC members who would actually help us(not intending to) if they testified in a committee session….

    Comment by RS — February 26, 2009 @ 10:53 am | Reply

  9. They will represent the interests of the union as they always do.

    I’ve watched a view snippets of testimony given at Smith Hill. It’s always struck me that government decisions in Rhode Island are made in back rooms and at campaign fundraising events, not by politician listening to the little people. Perhaps I’m cynical…strike that, no perhaps about it…but how many decisions are made well before the average citizen can have any impact?

    There are people, such as RS and Mr. Felker, who can handle speaking in high pressure situations, but I believe the majority of us shy away from public speaking. A recent example is the last School Committee meeting I watched a gentleman address the School Committee about its lack of transparency. He seemed to be intelligent and had a lot to say, but I could also tell he was nervous as hell. He ended up stumbling on his words and it really wasn’t clear what he was trying to say.

    I would love for everyone to march on Smith Hill and demand improvement to Rhode Island’s educational system…I don’t see it happening.

    Comment by Curious Resident — February 26, 2009 @ 11:40 am | Reply

  10. You are correct in some of the decisions are already made, but our Reps and Senators do not have the luxury of time to read every bill proposed to them, for example today alone there will be 105 bill introduced into the House. Someone educating them to the pros, cons, and pitfalls of some bilss is enough for it to lose support. You won’t win them all, but it doesn’t mean the fight is not worth fighting.

    Ask why I don’t fight the fight then……My plate is full with fights once lost that are hard to regain, the educational woes can be solved for me with the stroke of a pen writing a check for private school. To spend my time on education and not bear fruit at the expense of my other interest(interest which cannot be solved with money), is not a path I am willing to travel.

    Comment by RS — February 26, 2009 @ 12:03 pm | Reply

  11. Many bill to be heard on thursday, the 5th.

    Comment by RS — March 2, 2009 @ 12:37 pm | Reply

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