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State Integrity Investigation: Keeping Government Honest

Keeping Government Honest

Voters tell pollsters that integrity is the most important quality they look for in public officials, but leaders in many states fall short of citizens' expectations. The State Integrity Investigation exposes practices that undermine trust in state capitols — and spotlight the states that are doing things right.

How Does The State Integrity Investigation Work?

The State Integrity Investigation is an unprecedented, data–driven analysis of each state's laws and practices that deter corruption and promote accountability and openness. Experienced journalists graded each state government on its corruption risk using 330 specific measures. The investigation ranked every state from 1 to 50. Each state received a report card with letter grades in 14 categories, including campaign finance, ethics laws, lobbying regulations and management of state pension funds.

KUOW brings you follow–up coverage and analysis of this investigation. What does it mean that Washington got a B–? View Washington's report card below.

Learn more about the State Integrity Investigation.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Court: Highway Accident Data Belongs To Public

A recent public radio investigation ranked Washington state second in the nation for government transparency. According to the State Integrity Investigation, only Connecticut did a better job of providing public access to public information.

As one quadriplegic man from Seattle learned, that doesn't mean it's easy to pry information out of Washington state agencies. But Thursday, it got a little easier. KUOW's John Ryan reports.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Public Records Help Washington Watchdogs Sniff Out Corruption

And now for something completely different: It's time for your KUOW civics trivia quiz! Now that we've got you on the edge of your seat, here's your quiz host, KUOW's John Ryan. More » Listen to this story

Monday, March 19, 2012

Washington Gets Graded On Integrity

A new survey on the potential for corruption in state government shows Washington has the third best score in the country with a B. But that doesn't mean there are no potential problems. Amy Radil reports and study author Vicki Kilgore brings us the story behind the score. More » Listen to this story

Monday, March 19, 2012

Washington Scores Well On Transparency, But Up To Citizens To Verify

Washington's Public Records Act and other transparency measures have earned the state a high score in a nationwide study. The State Integrity Investigation looked at every state's disclosure practices. It ranked Washington third in the country, with a letter grade of B–. But budget cuts are curtailing investigations by government watchdogs. And all three branches of government have tried to put more of their records outside the law's scrutiny. KUOW's Amy Radil reports. More » Listen to this story

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