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Amye Bensenhaver: Resisting tranparency at all costs — and that’s why open records laws exist

It is deeply disturbing that a public agency — whose compliance with state transparency laws is found by the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts to fall “drastically short” — concludes its response to the auditor’s examination with the statement that it “compl[ies] with all governing statutes *to the extent possible.*” This is how the Kentucky Retirement Systems responded to Auditor Mike...

Special examination of City of Whitesburg results in two findings to be referred to attorney general

A special examination into the City of Whitesburg has resulted in nine findings, two of which will be referred to the Kentucky Office of Attorney General for further investigation, Kentucky’s Auditor of Public Accounts announced Wednesday. “Essentially our auditors found very poor oversight and controls by the city over its finances, in particular overbilling for its water and sewer department,”...