Johanna Harris’s experiences trying to get information from the administration of Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza are ridiculous:
I recently made a public records request for copies of Mayor Elorza’s daily schedules. The city responded that it would charge me $4,980 in advance to deliver the requested documents. That’s 332 hours at $15 per hour. The breakdown was two hours to find the schedules and an additional 330 hours to “review and redact” them.
And so Harris’s story goes… with liquor license information, with public meeting notes, with job descriptions.
Has anybody been getting the feeling that the more-recent generation of Rhode Island politicians think we’ve moved on from the principle of transparent government?