National Freedom of Information Coalition
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INDOT memo strips public info, but new IEDC rules open doors

From Republic.com:  By one stroke this year, Indiana lawmakers and the new governor vastly improved the public's ability to find out how the show is run here at the Statehouse, while in another, top managers at the Indiana Department of Transportation quietly clamped down on what's available.

Gov. Mike Pence and a bipartisan group of lawmakers reversed years of closed-mouth refusals from the Indiana Economic Development Corp. to show how and where taxpayer money was spent on job-creation and economic development. Pence touted the measure at a May bill signing, saying it would "ensure public confidence in our economic development efforts."

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Gerry Lanosga, president of the Indiana Coalition for Open Government, said he was "offended at the idea that officials are asking public employees to self-censor what they put in routine logs like the ones at issue here."

Indiana Coalition for Open Government is a member of NFOIC.–eds.