Action Alert: Call Your State Senator about New Boston 2024 Transparency Bill
February 12, 2015
It may be snowy outside, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t bring some sunshine to Boston 2024.
The Boston Globe reported yesterday that Representative Mike Moran (D-Brighton) and Representative Aaron Michlewitz (D-North End) just filed legislation to impose financial disclosure requirements on all public and private expenditures associated with the 2024 Olympics.
Here’s how the Globe described the bill:
The bill, due to be filed Wednesday and already discussed with legislative leaders and Baker administration officials, would establish a commission, heavy with State House appointees, that would review “the public safety, economic, and social impacts” of the 2024 Summer Olympics. Failure to provide the commission with “any information formally requested” could result in the withdrawal “of any and all public funds related to the Olympic bid.”
The commission would also maintain a website apprising the public of “all public and private funds that would be expended” for the Games.
If there’s one thing that Marty Walsh and Boston 2024 have shown that they don’t like, it’s transparency. Walsh even said “If we need legislation to have transparency, then we should just forgo the bid altogether.” We do need that legislation—and we should also forgo the bid altogether.
Please call your state senator and encourage him/her to co-sponsor this new bill and urge your friends and neighbors to do so as well. It’s very important for legislators to hear from people now, as the sponsors of this bill are actively seeking co-signers and supporters. Legislators listen to their constituents when we call them, and we have a real shot at making a difference.