Candidates to Appoint Transparency Working Group to Improve Public Access to State Finances
Cheyenne, Wyoming – State Treasurer Mark Gordon, the Republican nominee for Governor of Wyoming, and Kristi Racines, the Republican nominee for State Auditor announced today they will be appointing a working group to address transparency and public access surrounding the state’s finances.
“As Treasurer, I have been committed to transparency and led efforts to ensure Wyoming citizens can clearly see how Wyoming’s portfolio is managed,” said Gordon. “It’s important for Wyoming folks to know how, where and why their portfolio is being managed and what it costs to do it. As Governor, I pledge to work hand-in-hand with our State Auditor to improve access and transparency to our state finances.”
“As Wyoming’s chief accountant, the Auditor is responsible for keeping the books of the state,” said Racines. “Our citizens and lawmakers must have accurate, timely, and reliable financial information in order to make good decisions and hold government accountable. I’m committed to providing the transparency, accountability and open communication Wyoming’s citizens expect and deserve.”
Gordon and Racines announced they have been working collaboratively to establish a working group of key stakeholders, members of the legislature and concerned citizens to develop a plan to improve transparency and accessibility to state financial data. They both noted the critical importance of ensuring all Wyoming citizens have the tools and resources they need to view and understand state revenues and expenditures.
As Treasurer, Gordon led efforts to improve transparency surrounding the state’s financial portfolio resulting in Wyoming earning the number three ranking worldwide for transparency among all sovereign funds from the Peterson Institute, a well-respected Washington, DC financial think tank, coming in just behind Norway and New Zealand and number one in the United States. Gordon also worked nationally with fellow State Treasurers on an Initiative to bring more transparency to how private equity earnings are reported and spearheaded the launch of a new, interactive website to help the public better access state financial information.
Further details on the working group will be released in the coming weeks. Individuals interested in the working group can email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. To learn more about Gordon, visit gordonforwyoming.com. To learn more about Racines, visit kristiracines.com.