Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s office told us it’d take 832 hours and $60,000 to see his public records. David Corn reports:
David Gewirtz, a nationally recognized expert on email and other IT matters, says that so much time would be necessary only if the governor’s office was using an antiquated system and storing the material in “some warehouse somewhere—think the Indiana Jones warehouse.”
When Mother Jones filed a public records request to view Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s, well, public records from his two terms as governor, we didn’t think it’d be this hard. David Corn reports:
In an interview with Mother Jones, Jones explains that the state, to fulfill this request, would have to go to the archives. The governor’s emails are backed up and archived daily, and the IT department, Jones says, estimates it would take a minimum of 30 minutes to retrieve each day’s backup. To gather the email from the 2006-2011 period, Jones says, would take an estimated 832 hours—though it could take longer to “extract” email sent and received prior to 2008.
Oh, and they say it could cost us as much as $200,000—a full five-years salary for the median Mississippi worker. An IT expert calls baloney. Read the full story here.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he balanced the budget by slashing spending and not raising taxes. Which is true—as long as you don’t count tax hikes on hospitals and kids’ psychiatric centers as “tax hikes.” MoJo's Andy Kroll has the full report.