In my time serving on the City Council and State Board of Education, I have been a strong advocate for open and transparent government. When going through a severe budget shortfall, I pushed to have a series of open meetings to go over every department and evaluate every expenditure and determine what was a must have versus a nice to have. In addition, I pushed to solve our fiscal issues by going through a public truth in taxation process, rather than hiding the increase through overtaxing fees. I want the public to know exactly where their tax dollars are going, regardless of the potential political fallout of doing so. As a member of the State Board, I realized shortly after being elected that our budget and spending were anything but transparent. Even as a board member, it was very difficult to understand how we were spending the funds that were allocated. After myself and several board members aggressively asked questions, it became apparent that we needed to make serious changes to the oversight and transparency of the finances. I helped to lead the charge on adopting spending plans and formal budget and accounting processes. I feel strongly that transparency leads to greater accountability and I will continue to fight for that as a member of the legislature.