Do you ever get the feeling that you don't know the first thing about your state's government? More than likely, its by no fault of your own; U.S. state governments are notoriously closed-off, and even more difficult to compare to one another.
So for the first time, extensive data looking at transparency in U.S. state governments has been made public. The State Integrity Investigation released its preliminary findings — a set of more than 300 indicators to determine the risk of government corruption — for all 50 states.
What is an ‘indicator’ of good transparency? Here are a few of the categories in each state’s questionnaire:
- Public access to information
- Political finance
- Accountability in each of the three branches of government
- Internal auditing
- Lobbying disclosure
See how your state fared in each of these areas, and 9 others on the StateIntegrity.org website.