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Posted inMoney & Politics Column

Disclosure statements part of public’s right to know

Recently the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee inserted language into the state budget bill that would have restricted public access to the statements of economic interest that public officials in Wisconsin must file. But the negative reaction from open government advocates, myself included, state media, members of the public and a conservative think tank forced lawmakers to back down.

Posted inMoney & Politics Column

A timely topic, a search for the truth

Editor’s note: The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is debuting a column called Money & Politics. Written by Bill Lueders, the Center’s Money and Politics Project director, the column will cover a wide range of topics related to money and politics, tied into contemporary events. And it will invite readers into a process of discovery, […]