The following press release and Freedom of Information Act request was sent by Rep. Patti Komline, Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, Rep. Kurt Wright and the entire House Republican Caucus.
For Immediate Release
November 20, 2014
Vermont House Republicans File Freedom of Information Act Regarding Gruber
Vermont House Republicans, today, filed a Freedom of Information Act request regarding the contract and work product of Mr. Jonathan Gruber.
Specifically, their request is for all communication with, and between, the Administration and Mr. Gruber pertaining to his current contract with the State of Vermont. In addition, they are requesting all of the work product completed by Mr. Gruber and his assistants thus far, and what work remains to be done.
“In light of the new agreement between Governor Shumlin and Mr. Gruber that the state no longer pay for his services yet keep the services of Mr. Gruber’s assistants, we believe it is critical to shed light on exactly what work has been done, and what work remains to be done,” said Rep. Patti Komline (R-Dorset).
“And, given Mr. Gruber’s history of deceiving the American people by manipulating the data and purposefully causing confusion, it is also critical that we understand exactly what Mr. Gruber has said about the Vermont health care reform efforts, and the process he has employed to do the work,” added Rep. Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe).
“We are pleased the Governor has taken our request of terminating the contract and has now determined the State will no longer pay Mr. Gruber,” said Rep. Kurt Wright. “But significant questions remain, and as legislators it is incumbent upon us to answer those questions for Vermonters.”
With regard to the new agreement, it is incomprehensible to us that Governor Shumlin is still relying on Mr. Gruber to provide us with accurate information. Mr. Gruber has made it crystal clear that in his prior work he manipulated data, and set up a process intentionally lacking transparency in order to get the desired result. That the State of Vermont is no longer going to pay him is only one part of the equation. The second, more important, issue is trust. That Governor Shumlin continues to rely on the work of someone who has already proved he is willing to dupe the public is an offense to all Vermonters.
Mr. Lawrence Miller
Vermont Health Care Reform Chief
Vermont State House
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05633
November 20, 2014
Dear Mr. Miller:
Under the Vermont Public Records Law, §315 et seq., we are requesting, on behalf of all Vermont House Republicans and concerned citizens of Vermont, an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of public records that pertain to the work of Mr. Jonathan Gruber.
Specifically, we are requesting that all communication with, and between, the Administration and Mr. Gruber pertaining to his current contract with the State of Vermont. In addition, we are requesting all of the work product completed by Mr. Gruber and his assistants thus far, and what work remains to be done.
The law requires a response to this request within 2 days, or within 10 days for extraordinary circumstances. If you expect a significant delay in fulfilling this request, please contact us with information about when we might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.
If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify us of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.
Thank you for considering our request.
Rep. Patti Komline, Dorset
Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, Stowe
Rep. Kurt Wright, Burlington
And, the Vermont House Republican Caucus