As House Minority Leader Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, pointed out, the federal government requires recipients of broadband grants to be "open and transparent" about what they did with the money.
"When you have a project, and you're talking about millions of dollars in spending, and there are questions about whether those funds were efficiently spent, the public has a right to know about it," he said.
"It's insulting to tell the public they have to pay for something and they can't see it," he said. "The public paid for that report."
Armstead introduced a bill to eliminate the exemption Burdette cited in refusing to release the report.
The state's broadband project has become quite the topic of conversation already.
Keeping from taxpayers the information they paid to get will heighten curiosity and suspicion, not make it fade away.