Boston Globe reporter Todd Wallack thought it would be a simple, short-term project to look into settlements made between the state of Massachusetts and some of its employees. After all, he’d done the same thing in California, uncovering an agreement between UC Davis and one of its administrators to avert a nasty lawsuit.
But the response he got from Massachusetts was completely unexpected.
“This is the first time I came across a state saying, ‘no, this is confidential,” Wallack said.
The records he initially received were heavily redacted. Officials had blacked out reams of crucial information, including names, dates ...Read more ...