Accessing Government: How difficult is it?

Source: Terry Pastika, Natalie Brouwer, Midwest Democracy Network, 2008

From the press release:
While every state in the nation has laws that require public access to government records and meetings, in five Midwestern states that were recently analyzed, documents are often kept secret and doors can remain tightly closed.

According to a study released by the Citizen Advocacy Center, open government laws in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota have systemic barriers that chill public participation and access to government, which weakens our democratic system designed to be by, for and of the people.

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