Representative democracy requires that all citizens be able to see and understand how government works: how funds are collected and spent, what policies are made and what they mean for our future, and whose interests are being served and whose are not. Mississippi still feels like a lingering “good-ole boy” system of self-dealing and corruption that can make it easier for those without insider access to just leave.

Transparency is the antidote

Young people seek out honesty from experiences and brands. Shouldn’t we get the same from our government? We can elect representatives who believe in transparency and establish a state where government works for all through open, public meetings, a free press, accessible public documents, and accountable, transparent decision-making.