Recently I cosponsored a four bill package that requires the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state legislators, supreme court justices, court of record judges, state board of education members, University of Michigan Regents, Michigan State University Trustees, and Wayne State University Board of Governors to release their personal financial information. These elected officials will be mandated to release their sources of income, property, stocks and financial investments, and other outside employment. Every state in the nation requires some level of personal financial disclosure of their state elected officials…with the exception of only two states, Michigan and Utah. Through mandatory financial disclosure, we can shed sunlight on conflicts of interest and increase government transparency and accountability.
I have always served the public on the belief that citizens have an expectation that their elected officials will use their positions not to enrich themselves, but instead to benefit the people they represent. I believe in leading by example, therefore I am releasing my completed personal financial disclosure form. This is the same personal financial disclosure being requested of statewide elected officials in the aforementioned four bill package.