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‘Sunshine Week’ gets cloudy


This week was “Sunshine Week” in Ohio, that time of year when state officials remind the populace of the importance of public records and open meetings and journalists remind the same of the continued erosion of such public access.

To celebrate, a spokesman for the state Development Services Agency refused to answer questions from a group of reporters concerning public funding provided to JobsOhio, saying instead that reporters should “submit” their questions to him individually and wait for a response.

The hallway incident came a few days after that same agency took hours to produce an audit of the private nonprofit about two weeks after its legal counsel had already determined the document should be open to public scrutiny.