Director, Commonwealth Policy Center
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The state of Kentucky has an open records law which means that the records of state agencies are available to the public. Unfortunately, the state doesn't always comply, especially when records might reveal neglectful for illegal behavior. Such was the case last week when the state of Kentucky agreed to pay the Louisville Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader nearly $700,000 for violating open records law. The case originated under the Beshear administration when the state tried to hide details of the deaths of two children. Court of Appeals Judge Irv Maze called the state's actions "egregious" and said the Cabinet for Families and Children had a "culture of secrecy." We expect government to be honest and transparent in its dealings. And when it fails to do so, there is a price to pay, not just monetary fines but also in public trust.