Opinion: Slamming a door in the face of open government

Shortly after his re-election to a second term last November, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy joined a number of state officials and legislative leaders in signing a Freedom of Information Pledge for open government.

This document affirms that “a successful democracy requires open, transparent, and accountable government,” and those who penned their names promised to support the independence of the state FOI Commission.

The governor’s signature was especially welcomed by the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information and other open-government advocates who hoped it demonstrated a change of direction for an administration often criticized for withholding information from the public and for giving short shrift to state watchdog agencies. Continue>>>