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C- for Our State Government’s Integrity

Posted By Lisa Finaldi On March 20, 2012 @ 8:57 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

The Center for Public Integrity, in collaboration with Global Integrity and Public Radio International, just released an eye-opening “State Integrity Investigation [1]” 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 [2]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.


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[1] State Integrity Investigation: http://www.stateintegrity.org/state_integrity_invesitgation_overview_story

[2] North Carolina : http://www.stateintegrity.org/north_carolina

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