House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan Submits APRA Request to Governor’s Office Requesting Details of All Employment Hires
STATE HOUSE -- On Friday, May 19, 2017, House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan (R-District 26 Coventry, Warwick, West Warwick) submitted an APRA (Access to Public Records Act) request to the office of Governor Gina M. Raimondo, requesting the names, titles and salaries of all new hires in the Governor’s Administration from budget years 2015 through 2018 (recommended).
"More than three months ago I requested this information. I have followed up with the Governor's staff on a regular basis and have been assured that the data would be forthcoming. Sadly, the 'slow walk' is continuing." said Representative Morgan. "As a result, I have once again been forced to file an official Request for Documents. This is information that the Governor should have at her fingertips, literally. Policy makers should not have to beg the Executive Office for public information."
"Under previous administrations it was a rarity that legislators needed to submit APRA requests to receive the vital information we need to make good decisions for our constituents. Sadly, under Governor Raimondo's leadership what was rare has now become a necessity. Even then, compliance is begrudging. We should not forget the Map from 1882 that DOT supplied last year in response to a request for information on the toll bill," continued Morgan.
"Being forthright and transparent with Rhode Islanders is a principle of utmost importance in our society. It is after all, their money, their financial security and their futures that we are impacting. It is very discouraging that the Governor demonstrates little respect for that foundational principle of government."
"I have tried to work with the Governor's staff and avoid using an official APRA request. Unfortunately, that path has not generated the requested information and I am now faced with the prospect of further delay. Under Rhode Island General Law, the Access to Public Records Act allows ten business days, within which the Governor’s Office has to respond to the public records request. That time period can be extended by another 20 business days. Receiving data from our elected officials shouldn't be this difficult."
For more information, contact:
Raina C. Smith, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903