Sen. Ty Masterson, R-Andover, urged officials from the Brownback Cabinet and the firm doing a $2.6 million efficiency study of state government to “ignore the criticism” and “believe in the process,” according to The Eagle’s Bryan Lowry. “There’s been critics. You read about it in the newspaper,” Masterson also said during a Tuesday meeting. No doubt he was reacting to reporting in The Eagle and the Lawrence Journal-World that the firm, Alvarez & Marsal, was not the lowest bidder and has a mixed track record in other states; editorials in The Eagle and other newspapers have expressed skepticism about the process. To support his point, Masterson also cited Thomas Jefferson’s comment that “the man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” No mention of an earlier Jefferson quote, though: “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” – Rhonda Holman
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