I read with dismay that the newly aligned ports of Seattle and Tacoma won't be providing online access to their separate performance data. Rather, they will put up combined data (TNT, 1-22).
The last I knew, the Port of Tacoma was still a taxing district. I have a right to know how my local tax dollars are being spent. It's great to combine data, but in this day and age, when data is so easily manipulated, there isn't a good reason why I shouldn't be able to access the separate data as well.
This kind of thinking by officials doesn't lead to more open government. Nor does it promote public trust, which should be a primary concern of all government-funded entities.
I hope officials involved take a second look before they cement this idea as policy.