Although government transparency is often regarded as a running dispute between reporters and politicians, all citizens — not just media types — need an open look at the work being done by public servants.

That’s why we welcome the annual observance of Sunshine Week, which began Sunday and runs through the weekend. The Public Affairs Research Council, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that studies state issues, is marking the week by reminding Louisiana residents of the free resources available at its Sunshine Headquarters — a portion of its website that includes quick, easily accessible information about the state’s public records and open meetings laws. We invite readers to check out the portal at

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At the table, from left, asst. administration commissioner Randy Davis, asst. director of the office of state procurement Jonathan Walker and administration commissioner Jay Dardenne, answer questions in the House Appropriations committee on HB29 which would establish the Louisiana Checkbook website to provide transparency of state fiscal information as the legislature convenes in special session to fix the budget deficit Tuesday Feb. 20, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La.

In these grim political times, most of us don’t think of “sunshine” and “government” in the same breath. But we’re glad that sunshine has become shorthand for transparency. We all need to remember that government works best when taxpayers have clear view of what’s going on.

In this week and every week, let the sunshine in.

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