Monday, January 21, 2019
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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Guest Column: Journalism’s decline is threat to democracy

There’s an old expression that goes something like, “Nobody’s safe when the Mississippi Legislature is in session.”

I get a stark reminder of that each time bills are introduced to allow state agencies, cities and counties to stop publishing legal notices in newspapers. This year’s version is HB 1131.

The rationale for this is to save money, but the money saved would be peanuts compared to the corruption that will follow from the secrecy.

Legal notices cost the state maybe two million dollars a year statewide. That’s a small price to keep the public informed on $30 billion a year in overall state-controlled and local spending. That’s one-tenth of one-tenth of one-tenth of one-tenth of six-tenths of government spending devoted to public disclosure.

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