Utah will likely have to reveal terms of its voluntary sales tax deal with Amazon

By   /  March 22, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Crony Capitalism, Economy, Mississippi, News, Open Records, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes, Transparency, Utah  /  No Comments

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Utah officials ruled that the state will have to reveal terms of its voluntary sales tax deal made with Amazon last week.

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No sunlight for Michigan party caucus meetings

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  Accountability, Michigan, News, Open Records, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

Party caucuses around the country and the world still operate by the Las Vegas rule: What happens in caucus stays in caucus.

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Justice Department sued over records in school choice investigation

By   /  March 17, 2017  /  Education, Federal government, News, Open Records, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The DOJ is accused of failing to comply with a FOIA request related to an investigation of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.

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Sunshine Week: Michigan House tries to fix ‘worst in nation’ FOIA law

By   /  March 16, 2017  /  Accountability, Media, Michigan, News, Open Records, State Government  /  No Comments

All eyes are on the Michigan Senate, which will take up bills passed unanimously by the House to fix the nation’s worst FOIA law. But will it do any good?

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Mississippi governor signs civil asset forfeiture reform bill into law

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Open Records, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law a bill that will bring civil asset forfeiture reform to the Magnolia State.

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Former official: Mississippi civil asset forfeiture system lacks transparency

By   /  March 10, 2017  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Criminal Justice, Judiciary, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Open Records, State Government  /  No Comments

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A former Mississippi circuit clerk says that transparency is needed in the state’s civil asset forfeiture system.

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