North Carolina ranks in middle when it comes to corruption safeguards

10/30/2013 4:04 PM

10/30/2013 4:05 PM

A new national survey finds that North Carolina ranks about in the middle when it comes to risk of corruption.

The State Integrity Investigation, a national project, looked at 330 different measures to evaluate each state government's practices that are in place to ensure public accountability and openness. The investigation ranked every state from one to 50. Each state received a report card with a letter grade in 14 categories, including campaign finance, ethics laws, lobbying regulations, and management of state pension funds.

Overall, North Carolina received a C-minus grade, which meant that North Carolina ranked 21st in the country or in the top half.

It was given an "F'' in public access to information, a "C-plus" for executive accountability, a "D-plus'' for judicial accountability, a "C-minus'' for state civil service management, a "B'' for internal auditing, a "B minus'' for state pension fund management, a "C-plus" for state insurance commissions, a "C-minus'' for political financing, a "D'' for legislative accountability, an "F" for state budget processes, a "C-minus" for procurement, an "A'' for lobbying disclosure, a "C" for ethics enforcement agencies, and an "F'' for redistricting.

No state received an accumulated grade of A and only five states received a B grade: New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington, California and Nebraska.

F grades went to Michigan, North Dakota, South Carolina, Maine, Virginia, Wyoming, South Dakota and Georgia.

The project was a collaboration of the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International.

Under the Dome logo

Under the Dome

Under the Dome is your inside source on North Carolina politics and government and has been a regular feature in The N&O since 1934. Check here for the latest on state and federal government, political advocacy and upcoming elections. This blog is maintained by the N&O politics staff.

Join the Discussion

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service