Sunshine Week

Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance launched several online web ads during National Sunshine Week to help promote transparency in state government. Watch our videos, that call on several lawmakers to embrace a more transparent state government.


This week is national Sunshine week, a time to recognize and reflect on how open and transparent our state government is or isn't. Although the legislature recently made some positive strides, there is still much room for improvement.

Today, Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance announced a new web video ad campaign produced as part of the 10th anniversary of Sunshine Week. The videos highlight a rules vote taken on January 29th, by the General Court, which if passed would have given lawmakers at least 24 hours notice to vote on any piece of legislation. At one point of the video, it plays back a popular 1969 song titled “The Age of Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” by the 5th Dimension.

One of the videos focuses on the House as a whole, and three separate videos were produced focusing on a specific lawmaker. The lawmakers are Representative Colleen Garry of Dracut, Paul Heroux of Attleboro and Brian Mannal of Barnstable. Our videos may be found below.

General Court

Rep. Colleen Garry

Rep. Paul Heroux

Rep. Brian Mannal

Sunshine Week is a project of the American Society of News Editors. The program, according to its website, aims “to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.”

We hope you will share these videos on social media and with your friends and colleagues. Pushing our lawmakers to make state government more transparent is an issue too important to allow some lawmakers to keep us in the dark. Thank you for your advocacy and support.

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