Last week the Michigan Court of Claims reinforced the importance of government transparency in an opinion issued as a result of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation’s lawsuit against the University of Michigan. The lawsuit followed U-M’s partial denial of a Freedom of Information Act request for the salaries of several of the university’s employees. The court ordered the school to fully disclose all of the requested information to the Mackinac Center.
FOIA was put in place as means for citizens to hold public officials and entities accountable. As Steve Delie, the Mackinac Center’s lead on government transparency, told MLive:.
Michigan has a freedom of information law to give people the ability to have oversight of the public entities that exist to serve them. It was surprising that the University of Michigan tried to deny the public the ability to get the full salary information of its employees, and we are happy the court upheld the rule of law and transparency in government by ruling in our favor.
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