March 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm #156658
"If the State Integrity Investigation was a college class, none of the 50 states would have done well." says ABC News.
As I learned this morning, my home State of Maryland get's a "D" for Transparency.
We got an "F" for Access to Information, an "F" for "Executive Accountability" a "C" for Political Financing... and similar grades for all sorts of other important-to-me issues.
You can find out how YOUR state scored by checking out The Center for Public Integrity's interactive Web site.
In fairness to the discussion, I should point out that a representative from Maryland government was on WYPR this morning at around 0900 and essentially said that the government is committed to openness and easy access. The Governor himself, according to this representative, has often said "Open it up!' She questions the methodology used in the study.
Speaking of the methodology, you can find out more about The State Integrity Investigation online. This investigation seems to be generating a lot of buzz recently.
How did YOUR state do?
What are your thoughts about the results of this study? About the study itself?
What does this say about how well we're doing across the nation with issues like Transparency, Corruption, Accountability, and Access to Information?
March 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm #156690
My home state (New York) received above a D in only two categories, internal auditing (B) and Lobbying disclosure (B+) and is 36th with an overall D. Ethics enforcement agencies, redistricting, state pension fund management, and state budget process all got F's. I'm not surprised at all, that state is a quickly sinking ship. The New York State government (particularly the state legislature) is an absolute disgrace and is not a democracy.
March 22, 2012 at 6:36 pm #156688
Well - I guess a C- places North Carolina toward the top half :-(!
Is that really New Jersey with a B+? Christie for President! 😉
March 26, 2012 at 2:06 pm #156686
March 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm #156684
I am frankly still shocked that New Jersey (my state) ranked #1.
March 26, 2012 at 7:07 pm #156682
March 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm #156680
I wonder how the major cities would fare. The Big Apple is almost a state all by itself.
Corey - what could be done to improve things there?
March 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm #156678
Obviously an interesting topic, Christopher. What does your audience think the big take away is?
March 26, 2012 at 7:20 pm #156676
I really wonder how thorough and objective this study really is. I'm not convinced.
March 26, 2012 at 8:32 pm #156674
The methodology is posted here:
The journalists who did the legwork are identified here:
And the project's funders are here:
March 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm #156672
Ah... the sources. Thanks, William. This is helpful. 🙂
March 27, 2012 at 2:39 am #156670
Hey! Illinois managed not to get dead last! Please ignore how many governors are currently serving time in prison.
March 27, 2012 at 11:54 am #156668
That's a great accomplishment! Which state did manage to get dead last?
March 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm #156666
Obviously this is graded on a curve as no one got an A. I mean this sounds bad but are we expecting too much from organizations that are basically crippled in the wallet?
March 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm #156664
Georgia, score of 49/100 for a rank of 50.
March 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm #156662
I've always liked Georgia. It's really interesting what they say in this article about collecting money. I wonder how prevalent that kind of activity is.
March 27, 2012 at 8:38 pm #156660
Just as an aside, every time I read one of these articles about government corruption, I'm reminded of what I consider the seminal work on the subject:
Plunkitt of Tammany Hall: a series of very plain talks on very practical politics (1905)
Genius. 😛 😛 😛
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