A study by the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International paints a rather dim picture of the state of transparency and honesty among the several states. Eight state governments received a failing F grade while no state received an A. Thus, in this class, getting a B tops you in the top ten percent of the class.
The eight states at the bottom of the class are Michigan, North Dakota, South Carolina, Maine, Virginia, Wyoming, South Dakota and Georgia.
The “over-achievers” in the B range include New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington, California and Nebraska. Some 19 states received Cs and 18 earned Ds.
Many might find the top performing state student something of a surprise: New Jersey with a B+.
Here is the study: State Survey