The Wisconsin FOI Landslide…

So Gov. Walker got FOIA’d a bunch

MADISON, WI - MARCH 05:  A protestor holds a s...

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. Really? Who would have thunk it?

The firestorm of debate ignited by Gov. Scott Walker’s changes to collective bargaining rules last year also triggered an explosion of requests for public information from his office.

The office received 214 written requests during 2011, some three times more than the previous governor saw just a few years earlier, Gannett Wisconsin Media found while checking public records activity as part of a Sunshine Week open-government initiative.

The analysis, involving more than 700 pages of documents, also showed that about 1 in 5 requesters got records within a month. Others waited as long as 120 days or more.

The volume of requests last year “probably has a lot to do with a lot of the budget reforms,” said Cullen Werwie, a spokesman for Walker.

 

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