See below & attached letter. Jeff Lyon is a long-time Farm Bureau lobbyist
who was recently appointed deputy secretary of Agriculture by our
crony-corporate Walker administration. I filed an open records request for
the raw milk working group report, which was finished in February, yet he
has refused to release this report to the general public. Along with that
request, I asked for information about any communications from his office
regarding the report. Now he is attempting to charge me $1000 for searching
costs to obtain those communications.
I'm sure he has already shared this report with the Farm Bureau corporate
schmucks he worked for for years, even though he refuses to share it with
the general public. This is most likely what he is trying to conceal with
the outrageous searching fee -- the cozy relationship between the Walker
administration and Farm Bureau. Wisconsin is "Open for business" indeed --
Farm Bureau opposed the legalization of raw milk sales last year. They have
been silent this year and have stayed out of the "safe milk coalition"
because they don't want to lose rural customers. There are rumors
circulating that FB has an alternative proposal to clarify the "incidental
sales" exemption in WI Stats. 97.24, which unfortunately will do next to
nothing to help our many small organic dairy farmers.
Anderson public record request.doc
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