Thomas McGee’s push for transparency in government hiring has been an exercise in persistence.

The Western Massachusetts man’s bill that would require all state government jobs to be posted publicly before they’re filled has failed to get enacted every session since 1995. Still, he re-filed the legislation in 2019 through his local lawmakers, Sen. Jo Comerford and Rep. Dan Carey.

“If you don’t know where the job is, you can’t apply for it,” said McGee, a retired professor at Bay Path University in Longmeadow.

In 1995, McGee said he found only 25 state jobs were listed in the state’s unemployment bank, including two in Western Massachusetts.

At the time, the bill would have required state agencies to post various job vacancies on state agency walls,

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