From MontanaPolicy.org - Are taxpayers entitled to know how their money is spent, and to whom it is given? You’d think so. And so have a lot of judges. But in Montana results don’t always follow findings and converting even this modest proposition into a practical reality is not as simple as it might seem.
You may have read that Montana Policy Institute recently won a court battle to find out just how much we pay our state employees. But that victory for Montana’s taxpayers barely dented the wall that’s been erected between public information and the public.
A penchant for secrecy combined with arcane accounting and budgeting systems allows basic information to be withheld regardless of the party in power or the virtuous noises of constitutional and statutory pronouncements. The tactics are consistent, the obfuscation relentless, and it’s all done on the taxpayer’s dime. Read more here.