Selective Fiscal Transparency

In an Arizona Republic editorial yesterday (reproduced below) under John Zidich’s name, the City of Phoenix is lauded for creating a portal to make it easier for citizens (and presumably journalists who are too lazy to ferret out existing sources) to access city spending information.

I find this humorous on several levels. Even this editorial (which may have actually been written by editorial page editor Phil Boas) states that the City of Phoenix only did it in response to criticism from a watchdog group.

On another level, the amounts discussed in a previous Republic article about this new spending tracker are in the