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Commentary by Rep. Cory Mason: State's Reputation for Open Government ​Has Taken a Beating
by Rep. Cory Mason and Rep. Jon Richards
March 15, 2012
MADISON — This week is “Sunshine Week,” a national effort to promote the importance of open and transparent government.

Pausing to recognize Sunshine Week in Wisconsin means acknowledging what a terrible year it has been for transparency and open government in our state. Throughout the past year, Wisconsin’s time-honored tradition of clean, open government has been severely tarnished.

Initiated in 2002, Sunshine Week is spearheaded by the American Society of News Editors, who, along with civic groups, libraries, schools and nonprofit organizations, work to allow the public more access to and information about its government.