The results of the State Integrity Investigation, a joint effort by The Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity, and Public Radio International, were released today. Presumably to keep things relatively simple, grades were given to each state on an A through F scale. Now, not to keep everyone in suspense, no one did well. There wasn’t a single state that earned an “A” grade in this investigation.
But the big deal on this site is arguably the categories page. For now, there’s not a lot of content on these pages. But this is where the people who are bothering to post suggestions on how to improve government are going. While it’s likely that there may be some infantile rants showing up on this site, so far, it is looking like it will be a place that voters should be telling their State officials to visit.
Bottom line is that while this study website might turn out to be useful as a clearinghouse for ideas about government reform, it’s unlikely to make too much of a difference. And as for the results on the study, didn’t we already know that we have corrupt state governments? Does it really do us any good to have a better idea just how corrupted they really are? Only time will tell.