"We are disappointed in the House Management Committee's decision to keep signed contracts and related costs private from the taxpayers of Mississippi," said Starkville Daily News Publisher Don Norman, president of the Mississippi Press Association. "It is always very troubling when the leaders elected to represent us determine the better course of action is to not operate transparently."
"The Association feels strongly that just because the state legislature can exempt itself from parts of the state Public Records Act does not mean that it should," said Layne Bruce, MPA Executive Director. "One of the most important responsibilities of our elected leaders involves the education of this state's children. Taxpayers and parents in particular are entitled to maximum transparency on the issue."
Founded in 1866, the Mississippi Press Association is the trade group for 110 member newspapers and affiliated digital media.