If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer? It’s that he’s consistent. Consistently anti-transparency, despite his very public claims otherwise.
From the myriad Metro Animal Services messes that resulted in a damning Metro Council report and whistleblower ordinance targeting him to the minimum wage push, Greg Fischer is the opposite of transparent. But he’s consistent about it.
You know what happens when we document Fischer efforts to hide public records. You can expect nothing less this time.
On December 17 I filed an Open Records Request with Metro Government to obtain the following:
All contact forms & website feedback forms regarding minimum wage from August 1, 2014 to current
Specifically (if this makes processing easier) from business owners, if possible
Pretty clear and easy to understand.
On December 22, however, Fischer’s Open Records Coordinator, Dee Allen, responded asking for clarification, which delayed any action. I confirmed what I was looking for. That, of course, started the three-day response time all over.
On December 26, Allen sent the following:
We are advised that a search for potentially responsive records is underway. We are respectfully requesting a time extension for a final response and provision of any nonexempt, responsive records in accordance with the provisions of the Kentucky Open Records Act due to the intervening two official, non-working Metro holidays, the volume of material to be searched and the need for review of each item identified for protection of personal privacy concerns and execution of any exemptions in whole or in part as allowed by the Act. Those claims of exemption will be detailed in our final response.
We expect that time-consuming process to be completed by January 23 but will advise you immediately if the process concludes prior to that date.
Unreal, isn’t it? Delaying a response until January 23.
Fischer’s office already has everything we’ve requested compiled and handy for distribution among his inner circle. I’ve seen it. That’s how I knew to ask for it. His IT folks have privately confirmed it. Some of his own office staff tell me they have it.
Those forms don’t contain Social Security Numbers, bank data, personal health information or reports of possible crimes. There’s nothing to redact.
FLASHBACK TO 2008
This is just another stalling tactic being used in an attempt to keep the public from finding out what really occurred throughout the minimum wage push.
Fischer doesn’t want you to know what business owners actually had to say. He doesn’t want you to know how many members of the public supported or opposed the wage hike.
What could the man possibly have to hide?