[Madison, Wisc...] On Thursday, March 7, 2013, the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council announced its annual Openness (Opee) awards. These awards are given to advocacy groups on both sides of the political spectrum and highlight open government in Wisconsin.
The MacIver Institute received the Citizen Openness Award for 2012-2013 because of their work to get information out to the public. This includes multiple open records requests sent to Sen. John Erpanbach's office for correspondence about Act 10. Some information was not provided and MacIver went through legal means to ensure all public information was released. WFIC claims that, "It is through such battles that the records law stays strong."
"We are very humbled and honored to receive the Citizen Openness Award this year," said Brett Healy, MacIver Institute President, "I want to thank the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council for this honor. We will continue to demand transparency from the politicians and from our government."
The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy is a Wisconsin-based think tank that promotes free markets, individual freedom, personal responsibility and limited government.