Monday, March 19, 2012

50 States And No Winners

This site makes liberal use of information obtained through Public Records Act requests. That Act eloquently states its purpose:

“The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may maintain control over the instruments that they have created.’’

There is a new ranking of State integrity, and Washington ends up with a B-. The best score in the nation was a B+ (New Jersey), and overall, Washington ends up third. Yes, we're worse than New Jersey, and in fact, everyone is worse than New Jersey.  It shows we have a long way to go. The linked article to this post ends with this admonition.

"Despite constraints, Washington in many ways is still a progressive model for other states. The mechanisms for accountability are in place. But more and more, experts here say, it's up to citizens to exercise them, in part because the mainstream press is shrinking. Some three dozen reporters covered state government during a legislative session 20 years ago, but today the total is just 6-8 fulltime journalists. "It's up to the people to monitor their government," said Nixon.

Perhaps never more so than today."

Corruption isn't something that just happens somewhere else. It's an everyday occurrence in everyday places ... like here in our own community. You are needed to stop it.

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