Not government. A nationwide survey of 1,652 adults by the Association of Government Accountants. People reported being displeased with the openness and honesty of their state and local governments. Texas lawmakers passed landmark legislation putting all state expenditures available online.

However, efforts to make school district expenditures similarly available was killed… in no small part by the school districts. And local government lobbbyists have made it clear they are uninterested in being forced to show people how many is spent without anything less than a complicated and convoluted open records request.

Gee — why ever would these “public servants” not want to let the taxpayers see their books…? They say it’s because it creates an “unfunded mandate.” Right.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."