Valley State Rep. To Introduce Legislation Barring Municipalities from Hiding Tax-Funded Expenditures Amid McAllen’s Enrique Iglesias Controversy
A proposed law to prevent state government agencies from keeping expenses secret from taxpayers is in the works.
Terry Canales’ proposal comes after the apparent secrecy behind McAllen’s Christmas festival expenses made with taxpayer money– which remains undisclosed.
The proposed law comes after a late night Twitter rant from the state representative, over the weekend.
He says, “It’s disturbing to me that the city of McAllen who has always been a leader in transparency, who has always been at the forefront and front right with its constituents will have taken a road that to me is a road of secrecy.”
Canales is referring to the Mcallen Holiday Parade’s star attraction: Enrique Iglesias, who was hired by the city– and whose fees are still unknown. The city argues that releasing that information would place them at a disadvantage when trying to negotiate with other artists.
“I don’t think you can use the idea of losing a negotiating advantage to cover up malfeasance and I believe that in this case the gross loss is in the manner in which the city did business, is probably something to be ashamed of and that’s why we haven’t seen it.” says Canales.
He adds that although this doesn’t seem to be a case of corruption, it could become a gateway to future corruption.
Canales plans to draft legislation in 2017 to make sure that state governments are more transparent with taxpayer money expenses.