State gets D+ in government corruption risk assessment
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A new report suggests West Virginia is at risk for government corruption.
The state received a "D+'' in the State Integrity Investigation released today, ranking it 27th among all states.
The project assessed government accountability and efforts to deter corruption and self-dealing. It was conducted over several months by the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity, Public Radio International and the nonprofit group Global Integrity.
West Virginia scored well for internal auditing and ethics enforcement. It received passing grades for the accountability of all three government branches. It flunked for lobbying disclosure, civil service management and redistricting.
Eight states failed the review, including neighboring Virginia. No state got an "A.''
Today's report follows recent praise from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and the Sunshine Review for West Virginia's online transparency.