Walker, GOP re­treat on open records law

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION - — As­so­ci­ated Press

In a sud­den re­ver­sal, Wis­con­sin Gov. Scott Walker and GOP leg­isla­tive lead­ers said they agreed Satur­day to re­move a part of the pro­posed state bud­get that would have se­verely rolled back open records laws.

Walker an­nounced the de­ci­sion in a joint state­ment Satur­day with leg­isla­tive lead­ers. They said that they’re com­mit­ted to open and ac­count­able gov­ern­ment and that the pol­icy “was never in­tended to in­hibit trans­par­ent gov­ern­ment in any way.”

The re­stric­tions, which Repub­li­cans on the Joint Fi­nance Com­mit­tee slipped into the pro­posed bud­get late Thurs­day, would have shielded nearly ev­ery­thing cre­ated by state and lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials from Wis­con­sin’s open records law. The pro­posal drew heavy crit­i­cism from lib­er­als and con­ser­va­tives.

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