Governor Jerry Brown has declined the request of a group of Stanford students for documents detailing every financial transaction within the executive branch, reports David Siders writing in the Capitol Watch blog of the Sacramento Bee.
The students, unveiling a website packed with data on state spending, said at a Capitol press conference that Brown’s office deemed the group’s California Public Records Act request too onerous. The state provided partial data, including summary-level records, said the group, California Common Sense.
The students requested documentation of every transaction, including the smallest. Dakin Sloss, president of the group, said the students initially asked for five years of data, then three, then one.
“There just seems to be an unwillingness to put data out there,” Sloss said.
Brown spokesman Gil Duran said in an e-mail that state employees “spent a considerable amount of time providing information to these students for their project, but their demand for millions and millions of pages of documents detailing every stamp, paper clip and pen purchased by the state in the past five years was unreasonable and overly broad.”
He went on, “Nonetheless, we hope they enjoyed their visit to the Capitol and wish them well in their noble quest for common sense.”
Sloss said some other states, including Illinois and Texas, have provided transaction-level detail.