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Michigan agencies estimate thousands of dollars for access to records

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s administration had preached transparency, according to the Lansing State Journal, but is charging exorbitant amounts for access to state contract records.

The Lansing State Journal sought contracts from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, the repository for 1,200 contracts worth $32 billion between the state and outside vendors. The Journal filed a freedom of information request  to it, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and the state lottery bureau for contracts. Reporter Kristen M. Daum now writes that Development Corp. officials estimated a cost of $1,7000 just to allow a reporter to review the contracts, and the Department of Technology, Management & Budget estimated tens of thousands of dollars to make the information available for review.

Read more at the Lansing State Journal …

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