WI lawmaker not paying ‘absurd amount’ for records on child immigrants

Adam Tobias
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Aug 11, 2014 5:00 AM
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WI lawmaker not paying ‘absurd amount’ for records on child immigrants

MADISON, Wis. — State Rep. David Craig would have to pay Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s office close to $50 an hour to comply with an open records request to determine local plans for hundreds of undocumented child immigrants that soon may be coming to Wisconsin — and others that are already here.

Although the Republican lawmaker from Vernon finds it important to obtain that information, he doesn’t intend on paying that “absurd” amount, according to his spokeswoman, Jessica Ward.

“While we would love to see those records and the representative would love to see those, he thinks that they should be distributed for far less than that, and he shouldn’t have to bear the cost, and neither should the taxpayers of Wisconsin,” Ward told Wisconsin Reporter.