An Indiana judge recently ordered the governor’s office in Indiana to release emails between the Vice President Mike Pence, from back during his time as Indiana governor, and the then-President elect Donald Trump regarding a deal they made with Carrier Corporation.
Heather Welch, a Marion County Judge gave the Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb (R), the man who replaced Vice President Pence as the governor when Pence became the vice president, one month to deliver the documents, finally siding with the Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana, who first requested those emails in December of 2016, USA Today reports.
The group has explained that they want those emails for transparency purposes.
Trump repeatedly singled Carrier out in his presidential campaign for their plans to get rid of 2,100 jobs in Indiana then move them to Mexico. Trump later worked with Mike Pence to formulate an agreement with Carrier that kept half of those jobs in Indiana as a trade for $7 million of tax incentives along with training grants as long Carrier stayed in Indiana for a decade.
Carrier agreed to invest millions of dollars in upgrades and automation as well, but 600 workers in their Indianapolis factory still were laid off, USA Today reported.
Carrier’s parent company stated in a press release that 1,100 of their workers stayed in the plant, but the union officials stated in May that there are really about 700 workers left.
The ruling strongly reaffirms the important principle that “government is the servant of the people, not vice versa, and that all Hoosiers are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of their state government,” said Kerwin Olson, who is the executive director for Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana in a statement given to USA Today.
Eric Holcomb’s office informed USA Today that it intends to obey the order.