Gregory Hayes, chief executive officer of United Technologies Corp., accompanied then-President-elect Trump at a Carrier plant in Indianapolis, Ind., in December 2016. (File photo/The Hartford Courant) A judge on Monday ordered Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office to turn over emails among then-Gov. Mike Pence , then-President-elect Donald Trump and Carrier Corp. about Trump’s negotiations to prevent Carrier from moving most of its operations from Indianapolis to Mexico.
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The order gives Holcomb’s office 30 days to disclose any communications sent from Nov. 14-29, 2016, about meetings involving Pence, Trump and Carrier, a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary that manufactures building heating and cooling equipment. The Citizens Action Coalition sought the documents after Trump and Pence struck a deal with Carrier to keep its Indianapolis plant open for 10 years and employ 1,100 workers there.
Coalition counsel William Groth calls the court order “a resounding reaffirmation” of the goals of Indiana’s open records law.
The governor’s office “values transparent government and will follow the law,” said Rachel Hoffmeyer, Holcomb’s spokeswoman.
Trump and Pence negotiated a deal with UTC that included $7 million in state tax breaks over 10 years in exchange for Carrier’s reversal of a decision to cut labor costs by moving jobs to Mexico.
Kerwin Olson, executive director of Citizens Action Coalition, said in an interview that the group is seeking the records because of concern over the loss of jobs and what appeared to be “political opportunism” that intervened.
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