In CT, Open Government Foes Are Winning – Hartford Courant

By Mitchell W. Pearlman With eroded powers and under continuing attack, Connecticut’s first-of-a-kind Freedom of Information Act turns 40 on Thursday. After being involved in the fight for government transparency and accountability since 1975, I am often asked what are Continue reading In CT, Open Government Foes Are Winning – Hartford Courant

Editorial: University’s secret budget – Waterbury Republican-American

In late June, the University of Connecticut board of trustees caused an uproar when it approved a spend-heavy 2015-16 budget without public discussion, and after only 90 minutes of closed-door review by the board’s finance committee. James H. Smith, president Continue reading Editorial: University’s secret budget – Waterbury Republican-American

OP-ED | Progress On The FOI Front: Sunshine Is The Best Disinfectant – CTNewsJunkie.com

By Terry Cowgill While the freedom-of-information outlook has often been rather grim during the transparency-challenged Malloy administration, the General Assembly’s regular session finished up with some encouraging news. And gosh knows, we could use some. Remember the “Task Force on Continue reading OP-ED | Progress On The FOI Front: Sunshine Is The Best Disinfectant – CTNewsJunkie.com

Malloy says PURA exemption about pragmatism, not secrecy – Journal Inquirer

By Mike Savino HARTFORD — A spokesman for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says legislation protecting communications between members of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority from disclosure doesn’t violate a pledge the governor signed during the fall campaign to support state Continue reading Malloy says PURA exemption about pragmatism, not secrecy – Journal Inquirer

Opinion: Transparently secretive – Waterbury Republican-American

Gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy piously called for giving the public an up-close look at the workings of Connecticut government. When he launched his ultimately unsuccessful 2006 campaign, he promised a transparency-oriented “fundamental change in our approach to government” that would Continue reading Opinion: Transparently secretive – Waterbury Republican-American

Official Accuses Malloy Appointee Of ‘Incompetent’ Handling Of Computer Case – Hartford Courant

By Jon Lender The executive director of the State Elections Enforcement Commission has charged an appointee of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy with incompetence, as part of a festering controversy that began with the seizure of a computer from the commission’s Continue reading Official Accuses Malloy Appointee Of ‘Incompetent’ Handling Of Computer Case – Hartford Courant

Unnoticed Legislation Converted 32 Merit-System Employees Into Political Appointees – Hartford Courant

By Jon Lender Tucked quietly into the massive state budget-implementation bill approved in a June 29 special legislative was an intriguing provision that removed 32 highly paid jobs at state executive-branch agencies – including communications directors and legislative liaisons – Continue reading Unnoticed Legislation Converted 32 Merit-System Employees Into Political Appointees – Hartford Courant

Malloy’s budget office, legislators backed FOI reduction – Journal Inquirer

By Mike Savino Legislation protecting communications among members of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority from public disclosure when they occur outside scheduled meetings appears to have the blessing of both lawmakers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration. Malloy’s budget office, Continue reading Malloy’s budget office, legislators backed FOI reduction – Journal Inquirer

Opinion: Apply FOI law to UConn Foundation – Republican-American

Last January, University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst announced plans to end the university’s relationship with the UConn Alumni Association. Ms. Herbst has claimed this model of alumni engagement didn’t work. UConn had provided the Alumni Association with staff and Continue reading Opinion: Apply FOI law to UConn Foundation – Republican-American

Malloy Signs Bill to Promote Greater Scrutiny of Police Through Disclosure of Arrest Information – CTNewsJunkie.com

By Elizabeth Regan Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a bill late last week to bring arrest details to light as part of the state’s sunshine law ensuring public access to government records and proceedings. The new provisions in Connecticut’s Freedom Continue reading Malloy Signs Bill to Promote Greater Scrutiny of Police Through Disclosure of Arrest Information – CTNewsJunkie.com