The Empire Center participated in “Sunshine Week,” a nationwide effort to promote government transparency. This year, Sunshine Week was observed from March 15 to 21. Here’s what we did:

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Ken Girardin

Ken Girardin is the Empire Center’s Policy Analyst, performing detailed analysis of data and public policy in support of the Center’s research work.

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