The Shumlin administration has asked the Vermont Press Bureau to withdraw its standing public records request for tens of thousands of emails the administration sought to delete, citing the cost and time required to fulfill it.
Scott Coriell, spokesman for Gov. Peter Shumlin, and Darren Springer, the governor’s chief of staff, made the request Monday. The administration released the first batch of about 5,500 pages of emails last week that were sent and received by five former staff members.
The first release of emails required about 200 hours of staff time to complete. Coriell said the cost of releasing the first batch of emails amounted to $5,300, but the administration is not seeking payment.
However, Coriell and Springer said the administration cannot commit staff members to the task of reviewing and redacting the remaining emails and would need to hire temporary staff to fulfill the records request at a cost that could exceed $20,000. They said the Vermont Press Bureau would be charged for the emails if the request is not withdrawn.
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