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Report Measures State Corruptibility

March 20, 2012 by  

Report Measures State Corruptibility
How corruptible is your State?

A recent report by the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International ranks States by corruptibility.

Judging from organizations involved in conducting the report, many conservatives likely assume it’s biased beyond use, but the corruption-risk report cards provided through the State Integrity Investigation have some practical value for political junkies. The index, to the surprise of many Americans, ranked New Jersey the least easily corruptible State in the Union; the most easily corruptible was Georgia.

Each State received a corruptibility report card graded by the following criteria on a 100 percent scale (100 being least corrupt):

  • Public access to information
  • Executive accountability
  • Judicial accountability
  • State civil service management
  • Internal auditing
  • State pension fund management
  • State insurance commissions
  • Political financing
  • Legislative accountability
  • State budget processes
  • Procurement
  • Lobbying disclosure
  • Ethics enforcement agencies
  • Redistricting

New Jersey scored 87 percent, a B+, and took first place as the least corruptible State. Georgia, on the other hand, scored only 49 percent, an F, after failing in nine of the 14 above-mentioned categories.

The State Integrity Investigation, according to its sponsors, does not measure good or morality within States, but rather tests “the structure that governs the government, documenting the laws on the books and investigating the actions that enforce those laws.”

The report explains:

The No. 1 ranking in the State Integrity Investigation does not make New Jersey the least corrupt state in the country, in the same way that seatbelts and airbags don’t prevent car accidents.

So, how did New Jersey win? The state finished first overall in Executive Accountability, Civil Service Management, State Pension Fund Management, and Ethics Enforcement. New Jersey didn’t have a bad category, ranking above the median in 13 of 14 categories. The state also benefitted from weak competition, as evidenced by the fact that its B+ grade was good enough for first place.

To see how your home State did, visit the State Integrity Investigation website.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • cawun cents

    What you will eventually have here is the clear representation of the two parties.
    California,and Texas.
    Sorry Texas,I went in alphabetical order,not necessarily how I feel about the two states.
    I have never lived in Texas.Although I must say,the fact that they now have a new Formula One track is awesome!
    I live…..(sadness)in The Peoples Republic of Kalifournya.
    Where progressives have pretty much guaranteed that nobody with a sane business plan will come to live.If you are an Illegal Alien,or a transient transexual,the door here is open and you are welcome.Business folk,stay out.The tin state will regulate you into obscurity.
    Thank God for Texas.
    It is tough to live in the land of fruits and nuts.If my children would agree to leave,I would be seen only by the dust cloud my wheels left on the horizon.
    If all the progressives left Cali…….there would only be a few(right)folks left.
    But theirs is a culture of citiocy.
    The citiots run amok here,making laws which only the dim appreciate.
    The reception I get when I go downtown,shows me how out of place I am.
    But I stay to watch the spectacle of toatal colapse.
    Some feel I am insane for putting myself in peril thusly.My relatives in other states fancy me a lunatic.Pehaps they are correct in their assumption.But I feel the need to see the chaos which is obviously coming down the pike.
    Its like having front row seats to the collapse of civilization,or the end of the world.
    They are a valuable comodity.
    I will not sell dont ask.

    • Sirian

      Your right about Texas cc, that’s where and why Glenn Beck moved out of that liberal infested New York. Common sense prevails. . . :) Staying in Mexifornia huh, good luck, just hope you’ve got plenty of ammo – you’re gonna unfortunately need it. Then again, I’d much prefer you move at least way out to the perimeter and watch the collapse from there. We don’t need to lose an innocent spectator – get it?

  • s c

    Why was the District of Columbia left out of this article? So it’s not a state. BFD.
    As screwy and as greedy and as open to corruption as some states can be, they literally can’t hold a candle to the ‘District of Corruption.’ HOW does that list of criteria NOT involve DC? DC is America’s toilet.

    • Sirian

      s c,
      D.C.? They have the largest deposit of toilet paper (ObummerCare) so need they worry?

  • http://facebook brett

    OHIO……the police state….cops are out of control and the corrupt courts back them up!


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