Access to open records

Keeping open truly open:

The public owns and has the right to see the records of its government, with a few reasonable exceptions. Public records do not belong to administrators and bureaucrats — some of whom, experience tells us, would use these proposed redaction fees to hide problems and keep taxpayers and voters from learning about potentially embarrassing or even incriminating documents.

For our democracy to work, people must know what their government is up to. We need openness and transparency. Adding another cost to gain access to public documents increases the potential for abuse, waste and ineffective management, at all levels of government.

Via Wisconsin Watch.

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