When you submit a Freedom of Information Act request to a state agency for public documents, sometimes you get a response saying officials searched their records but found nothing “responsive to your request.” Usually that response is true. But sometimes it turns out not to be — which happened when The Courant asked the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection July 9 for any written communications received or sent since March 1 by DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes with regard to a controversial proposal by BNE Energy to expand their wind turbine farm in Colebrook.
You might think that because the pandemic canceled most of this year’s General Assembly session, state legislators might – just this once – cut back on the taxpayer-funded, full-color “legislative news” brochures that they love to mail to constituents. But no. They’ll be spending about $1 million on supposedly-informational, but in-fact-promotional legislative mail, which is barely distinguishable from the campaign literature they’ll be distributing in the run-up to the Nov. 3 election. Why, you may ask, would lawmakers send out a legislative update if they barely passed any legislation? Hmmm, maybe it’s because these mass mailings amount to a free bonanza of self-promotion for any incumbent seeking re-election this fall.