Editorial: UConn has no business keeping budget discussions secret

Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission hearing officer Lisa Siegel was right in calling out UConn trustees and top officials for a closed-door meeting last year to discuss the university's proposed $1.3 billion budget.

Siegel's conclusions are likely to be adopted by the FOI commission when it meets in late February, as well they should. Of course the trustees' budget deliberations should take place in an open meeting where the public and news media can hear, rather than in executive session. It's outrageous that the blinds were pulled and the doors locked on that occasion.

Open budget deliberations should be a given for a public institution that spends tax funds — in UConn's case, large amounts of tax money. Continue…