WISCONSIN’S PUBLIC RECORDS LAW
Wisconsin has a long, proud tradition of open government. This tradition is embodied in our State’s public records law, Wisconsin Statutes §§ 19.31-39, which states that “it is declared to be the public policy of this state that all persons are entitled to the greatest possible information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those officers and employees who represent them.” The purpose of the law is to provide broad, practical access to the State government. To that end, the public has a right to inspect or receive a copy of certain records maintained by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).
DESCRIPTION OF WEDC
WEDC is a public body corporate and politic created by state law. WEDC exists under the authority of Wis. Stat. chapter 238. WEDC’s custodian of records is Chief Legal Officer Jennifer Jin.
PROCEDURE FOR REQUESTING RECORDS FROM WEDC
The most efficient means of requesting records from WEDC is to complete our Online Public Records Request. That form is below.
If you are unable to access the online form, you may submit a written request to:
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Attn: Chief Legal Officer
201 W. Washington Ave., 6th Floor
P.O. Box 1687
Madison, WI 53701
You may also submit by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; in person at 201 West Washington Ave., 6th Floor, Madison, Wisconsin during normal business hours Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; or contact WEDC’s Chief Legal Officer Jennifer Jin at 608.210.6705.
Requests must be reasonably specific as to subject matter and time period.
WEDC may charge the actual, necessary, and direct cost of reproducing a record. When the request calls for a copy of a record, and the record can be photocopied, WEDC may charge its standard fee of $0.15 per printed page. WEDC may charge a $0.07 per-page fee for converting paper records to electronic format. If records are provided on a CD or DVD, WEDC may charge no more than $0.14 per disc. When requested and whenever practicable, WEDC will provide electronic copies of records that already exist in electronic format without charging reproduction fees on a per-page basis. However, if the record requested is not in a readily comprehensible form, WEDC may charge the actual cost of creating a readily comprehensible copy.
WEDC will not charge for the cost of reviewing records for possible redaction or removal of confidential information.
WEDC may charge the actual, necessary, and direct costs of locating the records if it exceeds $50. Any staff time for locating records will be billed at the hourly rate of salary for the lowest-paid employee capable of performing the task. The hourly rate charged for locating records may also include the cost of benefits, but will not exceed $30 per hour. If the records are mailed or shipped to the requester, WEDC may charge the actual, necessary and direct mailing or shipping cost.
The above fees apply except where a different fee is authorized by law. WEDC may request pre-payment if the total costs are greater than $5. Make checks payable to Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Fees totaling less than $5 may be waived at the discretion of WEDC.
WEDC provides requested records “as soon as practicable and without delay” (Wis. Stat. § 19.35(4)). The time it takes WEDC to respond to the request will depend on factors including the nature and extent of the request and the availability of staff and other resources necessary to process the request. If WEDC denies a written request, you have a right to receive the denial in writing.
WEDC records are available for inspection during normal business hours in our Madison office. Except for official state holidays, the normal hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.