Mississippians pay for all levels of government, but that doesn’t mean they can always count on public employees to promptly answer their requests for information, or that they’ll get to see elected officials conduct all their business out in the open.
Despite open meetings and public records laws that are decades old, this is still a state with a culture of secrecy, from the top down.
Second-term Gov. Haley Barbour rarely releases his public schedule, despite repeated requests by The Associated Press. Previous governors, Democrat and Republican, released their schedules regularly – though sometimes only after prodding from the media.