Q-and-A with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour

Q: What does transparency in government mean to you? When should access be limited or denied?

A: “Clearly when you’re talking about legal cases, when you’re talking about personnel, when you’re talking about competitive bidding situations where, quote, ‘openness in government’ would let one bidder know what the other bidder is doing or how they’re trying to achieve something – I mean, those are some very obvious ways that it would be unfair and inappropriate to have it spread all over the newspaper.

AP
1/24/10