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Open government - no parity for Olympia

Wednesday’s editorial takes local governments to task for opposing efforts to strengthen the state’s Open Public Meetings Act.

Whenever the topic of open government comes up, local elected officials complain that they’re required to play by tougher set of rules than state government. If anyone deserves to be picked on, it's the pols in Olympia.

It’s a reasonable criticism. As a rule, our editorial pages tend to shine a harsher spotlight on local officials than their statewide counterparts. Blame our relentlessly parochial nature.

Since the state Legislature makes the laws, it’s no surprise that legislators are allowed to get away with practices that aren’t allowed at city hall. No surprise, but wrong nonetheless.

Jason Mercier, director of the Center for Government Reform at Washington Policy Center, takes a closer look at the issue in a recent quest column published the Everett Herald.