(PSATS’ recommended minimum lot size)
This decision from the Open Records office to subject the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) to PA’s open records law is a no-brainer. PSATS is a conservative political organization funded by taxpayer dollars, and clearly should have to open their financial and programmatic records to the taxpayers and the media.
Going forward, Democrats really need to cut PSATS off from taxpayer funding. No political organization has been more active in squashing action on regional inequality, local government efficiency, and land use/transportation reforms. Check out this hilarious propaganda they paid for in response to Brookings’ must-read “Little Boxes, Limited Horizons” report on the many problems and inequities created by Pennsylvania’s balkanized system of municipal government. They paid Wendell Cox of the climate change-denying Heartland Institute to put together a bunch nonsense talking points to counter municipal consolidation advocates.
It’s fine if people want to advocate for their political preferences with private dollars, but taxpayers shouldn’t be funding that. And at the very least, it should be public record as to how they’re arriving at their policy positions, who is making the decisions, and who is funding them.