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Study: Florida is one of the most corrupt states

Fortune magazine digs into the results of a study that compared corruption data to state budgets to come up with a list of the most corrupt states. Florida cracked the top 10.

An excerpt:

A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong and the Indiana University estimates that corruption on the state level is costing Americans in the 10 most corrupt states an average of $1,308 per year, or 5.2% of those states’ average expenditures per year.

The researchers studied more than 25,000 convictions of public officials for violation of federal corruption laws between 1976 and 2008 as well as patterns in state spending to develop a corruption index that estimates the most and least corrupt states in the union.

Based on this method, the the most corrupt states are:

1. Mississippi
2. Louisiana
3. Tennessee
4. Illinois
5. Pennsylvania
6. Alabama
7. Alaska
8. South Dakota
9. Kentucky
10. Florida

That these places landed on the list isn’t exactly surprising. Illinois, which has gain notoriety for its high-profile corruption cases in recent years, is paired with states like Mississippi and Louisiana, which are some of the least economically developed in the country. The researchers also found that for 9 out of the 10 of the most corrupt states, overall state spending was higher than in less corrupt states (South Dakota was the only exception). Attacking corruption, the researchers argue, could be a good way to bring down state spending without hurting services that people need.

Read more here.

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Sly

That is exactly what the people have been arguing for. To weed out the corruption in politics! Once that gets going the money flowing into politics will slow down.

ed jenkins

The citizens have long expressed their desire for their government to only be involved in law enforcement and courts, education and transportation infrastructure to minimize this corruption. They especially do not want their government involved in projects that benefit a private business owner.

Bill Thompson

The scumbag Scott is working hard to get Florida to #1 and displace his beloved Mississippi that he admires so much. This horrible Scott approved a record spending budget full of pork barrel projects for his favorite donors. This is what this scumbag means when he says, "let's get to work".

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