Why are the people being denied access to what should be public information? The state of Massachusetts is denying its citizens access to public records. What they are hiding? I was recently researching some issues in which I was not having much luck getting information I needed and thought relevant online through various data bases and government websites, thus I figured the statehouse library would perhaps be an excellent place to look as I’ve heard that the State Library of Massachusetts has a comprehensive repository of state documents and other historical items and the most complete collection of Massachusetts government documents and municipal reports in existence along with a selective depository of Federal documents. This I thought would be an invaluable aid and help with my research work.
Now herein lays the problem: The State Library is not a privately funded or run library, it is a part of the state government and funded by taxpayer’s dollars and should be available to the general public under the freedom of information act. One would think anyway. Yet I was denied a library card and access to these records and documents which cannot be accessed without a State Library Card. I was told that I must be a state employee in order to obtain a State library card. I do not think this is fair and is a violation of federal laws and the freedom of the Freedom of Information Act along with the Massachusetts Public Records Law which parallels federal law,
To me this is not only illegal but goes far beyond just being a bad policy and when considering all the corruption within the state legislature and recent convictions of the three house speakers, all of which happen to be democrats, on charges of corruption raises serious red flags and make me wonder what they are trying to hide.