Taxpayers footing the bill for public institutions should get a clear view of how decisions involving the use of pubic resources are being made. Instead, LSU has embraced a frequently used tactic of Jindal’s administration, using the dubious principle of deliberative process to keep the public in the dark. LSU is apparently doing so under pressure from the Governor’s Office. After a similar request for records regarding hospital business was made by another party earlier this year, Shelby McKenzie, who is acting as the LSU system’s general counsel, sent a letter to LSU system interim President William Jenkins advising that the documents would not be released. In his Aug. 16 letter to Jenkins, McKenzie mentions that Jindal’s executive counsel, Liz Murrill, had asked LSU to shield documents using the deliberative process argument “where appropriate, in response to public records requests.” Murrill’s directive seems to contradict claims by Jindal spokesman Kyle Plotkin that the Governor’s Office had nothing to do with LSU’s decision to deny The Advocate’s subsequent request for records.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
I said it was Jindal-speak
Meaning it came directly from Jindal's office.