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  • #156658

    David Dejewski
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    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?

  • #156690

    Corey McCarren
    Participant

    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.

  • #156688

    Well – I guess a C- places North Carolina toward the top half :-(!

    Is that really New Jersey with a B+? Christie for President! 😉

  • #156686

    Christopher Dorobek
    Participant

    We are talking to the people behind the report this week on GovLoop Insights’ DorobekINSIDER

    http://insights.govloop.com

  • #156684

    William Lim
    Participant

    I am frankly still shocked that New Jersey (my state) ranked #1.

  • #156682

    David Dejewski
    Participant

    Congratulations!

  • #156680

    David Dejewski
    Participant

    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?

  • #156678

    David Dejewski
    Participant

    Obviously an interesting topic, Christopher. What does your audience think the big take away is?

  • #156676

    David Fletcher
    Participant

    I really wonder how thorough and objective this study really is. I’m not convinced.

  • #156674

    William Lim
    Participant

    The methodology is posted here:

    http://www.stateintegrity.org/methodology

    The journalists who did the legwork are identified here:

    http://www.stateintegrity.org/journalists

    And the project’s funders are here:

    http://www.stateintegrity.org/investigation_project_partners

  • #156672

    David Dejewski
    Participant

    Ah… the sources. Thanks, William. This is helpful. 🙂

  • #156670

    Hey! Illinois managed not to get dead last! Please ignore how many governors are currently serving time in prison.

  • #156668

    David Dejewski
    Participant

    That’s a great accomplishment! Which state did manage to get dead last?

  • #156666

    Stephen Peteritas
    Participant

    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?

  • #156664

    William Lim
    Participant
  • #156662

    David Dejewski
    Participant

    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.

  • #156660

    William Lim
    Participant

    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)

    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2810/2810-h/2810-h.htm

    Genius. 😛 😛 😛

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