Government transparency doesn't mean much if it is costly to obtain government information.
Michigan's Freedom of Information Act was marred by that obstacle. The law's intent — to make information accessible to the public — was undermined by the officials of government and other public organizations who demanded excessive fees to provide it.
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A useful filter for evaluating a public policy idea is to ask whether the idea serves the interests of the public or serves the interests of government.
House Bill 4001 is a good example of a policy that serves the interests of the public while facing opposition from government agencies.
Read More… from Opinion: Senate should promote accountable government with FOIA bill