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Our View: Charging to view docs is a bad idea


In Wyoming, if someone has a question about where their tax money is being spent or how much is spent on their county libraries, they can ask to look at the public documents containing that information.

However, there are people who think local governments should be able to charge their constituents a fee simply because they want to look at a list of employee salaries or a yearly budget. We think they’re wrong.

A proposed rule change in Wyoming would allow local governments to charge “reasonable costs” for producing and building a copy of an electronic record for inspection. The cost...

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