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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Public Employee Negotiation Records Op-Ed

An op-ed in the Tacoma News Tribune from Michael Reitz of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation:

"We’ve all heard the slogan: 'What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.' Thankfully, a judge recently ruled that this logic doesn’t apply to public employee contract negotiations, and taxpayers cannot be completely shut out of a publicly funded process. King County Judge Christopher Washington ruled that documents exchanged between the state and public employee unions during negotiations are public records. ... What you do in Vegas is your own business, but what state employees do on public time is everyone’s."