Ever wonder how much your child's teacher earns? Or how much the city spent to repave your street? Or whether your neighbor has ever been cited for not keeping up his property?
The answers to these questions are found in records owned by the public, which are supposed to be there for the asking. But accessing those records is often more difficult than it needs to be.
The Michigan Freedom of Information Act was passed in 1976 as a way to ensure public access to government records. Many states and the federal government took up the cause of expanding transparency after the Watergate scandal. Continue>>>