Erpenbach on tragic open records changes inserted into budget at 11th hour
“People have the right to know what their government is doing.”
“Some of first laws created in Wisconsin after we became a state were laws that granted access to public records and meetings. President Nixon and the Watergate scandal brought unprecedented transparency to governments all over the United States and with good cause; democracy cannot work without transparency. Creating exemptions in open records laws in the dark of the night is the biggest mistake Republicans could ever make.”
“People have the right to know what their government is doing. People need to know who is influencing their elected leaders from the local town hall to the Governor’s office and these changes if enacted will impact that transparency forever. Open government just had the door closed. I will work with my more level headed colleagues in the majority to try to remove this policy change from the budget. If that fails I will call on Governor Walker to do what he promised Wisconsin he would do five years ago; make Wisconsin government more transparent and accountable.”
Press Releases by Jon Erpenbach
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Statement from State Senator Jon Erpenbach on the US Supreme Court decision to reject admitting privileges and clinic shutdown laws