Democratic mayoral candidate Greg Fischer Tuesday unveiled his plan for transparency in government. But Republican candidate Hal Heiner’s campaign says Fischer’s plan is unoriginal.
Both candidates have made transparency a key part of their platforms. Heiner has long touted his work as a Metro Councilman on the e-transparency ordinance, which put city spending online.
Fischer’s transparency plan includes similar measures. It also calls for the city to develop a smart phone application and website that would allow citizens to report problems such as potholes and then track how Metro Government resolves the issue.
“This is much more than a checkbook online or spending online,” says Fischer. “This gets down more into performance measurements and metrics. This is what I’ve done in the private sector.”
Heiner proposed a similar application earlier in his campaign. A Heiner spokesperson says Fischer has co-opted his transparency plan.