The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported last week that the Green Bay Mayor’s office refused to release the spending requests that city department heads presented to Mayor Jim Schmitt as part of his 2018 budget preparation. The Press-Gazette reported that Assistant City Attorney Joanne Bungert denied an open records request for the documents, saying they are drafts […]
The City of Green Bay received an open records request for text, emails and social media messages from alderpersons involving two recent city controversies. The request was made anonymously, which is allowed under state law: 1. All emails, text messages and social media private message from the alderpersons to each and Mike Frantz, Dennis Doucette […]
Outspoken Democratic lawmaker often attacks Republicans for alleged lack of transparency, but he didn’t release these records when other Democrats did. He waited until he was caught withholding the records.
State Rep. Chris Taylor told two different organizations that submitted two different open records requests that they would have to pay the exact same price to get the different records.
It is a short bill that’s getting a lot of attention from some media outlets in the state. AB 26, introduced by 7 Republicans and 1 Democrat, would raise the cost of open records requests, say opponents. Specifically, the bill allows government entities whose records have been requested to charge extra fees for the cost […]
Access to public records doesn’t just make a journalists job easier, it is essential to the democracy we live in. Open records allows the public a check on its government. One can only imagine the things that would occur when public officials know their actions are very well hidden. Sadly, a strong budget proposal for […]