C- for Our State Government’s Integrity

The Center for Public Integrity, in collaboration with Global Integrity and Public Radio International, just released an eye-opening “State Integrity Investigation” that assesses all states’ transparency, accountability and anti-corruption mechanisms. The data-driven ranking system gave five states a B grade; 19 states received a C; 18 states received a D; and eight states earned an F. North Carolina received a C- and is a featured example in the investigation – conflicts of interest in the billboard law as well as the lack of sanctions for lobbyists who fail to register.

The categories used for the ranking are: public access to information, political financing, executive accountability, legislative accountability, judicial accountability, state budget processes, civil service management, procurement, internal auditing, lobbying disclosure, pension fund management, ethics enforcement, insurance commissions and redistricting.

Anti-corruption, transparency and accountability should be a focus for the state legislative leadership, rather than their current agenda to cut important social programs, tear down our educational system and make it more difficult for people to engage in the democratic process.

3 Comments

  1. Doug

    March 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Interesting that the top 10 best -managed states all had Republican governors !

  2. david esmay

    March 20, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Nice try Doug, of the five states recieving a B grade, the highest awarded. Connecticutt, California, and Washington have Democratic Governors. All states recieving F’s, have Republicans for governors. Did you read the link, or the rewrite from the locke foundation?

  3. Alex

    March 20, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Check out the article that was in Money magazine last month- all red states my man !