Florida Ranks Poorly on Integrity Study
A first-of-its kind study released Monday by the Center for Public Integrity, which assess transparency, accountability and anti-corruption mechanisms in all 50 states, gives Florida a poor rating.
The State Integrity Investigation assigns Florida an overall C- grade and ranks the state 18th, along with 18 other states that got c’s.
The study uses several indicators to establish a states overall ranking.
See below how Florida ranked on some key indicators:
Public Access to Information—————–D+
State Budget Process————————C-
Ethics Enforcement Agencies—————-F
No state in the union earned an A grade according to the results of the study. Five states earned a B grade. They are: New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington, California, and Nebraska.
Eight states earned an “F” grade. They are: Michigan, North Dakota, South Carolina, Maine, Virginia, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Georgia.
The dismal performance by states across the board, despite ethics, open records and disclosure laws is due to one key feature, they lack teeth, said Tim Potts, executive director of the nonprofit advocacy group Democracy Rising PA, which works to inspire citizen trust in government.
“A good law isn’t worth anything if it’s not enforced,” Potts said in a statement.