Missouri Governor Mike Parson Tries to Stick it Where the Sun Don’t Shine

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“‘Frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me,’ Missouri congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver said in an 1899 speech: ‘I am from Missouri. You have got to show me.’ Note to Missouri governor Mike Parson: You’re getting this ‘Show-Me State’ business all wrong. Parson tried to charge Elad Gross, a candidate for state attorney general,  $3,618 for documents Gross requested under the state’s Sunshine Law, claiming more than 90 hours of required ‘research and processing’ at $40 per hour. The ‘processing’ involved having attorneys redact information from the requested documents. The state’s Supreme Court ruled against Parson last June. … Now Parson’s asking the state legislature to amend the Sunshine Law so that he can keep more government documents secret and charge more for handing over such information as it might happen to please him to show.” (01/11/22)