By Morgan Watkins, Louisville Courier Journal
Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration must release public records naming the owners of Braidy Industries, an aluminum company partially owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, a judge ruled Thursday.
The commonwealth invested $15 million in Braidy Industries last year to help lure the company and its planned $1.5 billion aluminum rolling mill to Eastern Kentucky.
Bevin personally shepherded the unusual investment through the Legislature, telling lawmakers only the size of the mill and the number of people it expects to employ. Lawmakers unanimously approved the appropriation.
Courier Journal last summer requested information about the company and the investment under the Kentucky Open Records Act. The state Cabinet for Economic Development withheld relevant records, citing several exemptions in the law.
Here is the judge’s entire order: 2018_03_29 Order Granting MSJ