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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Washington Ranks Fourth in "Govt' Integrity" Study

This blog posting from Brad Shannon at The Olympian describes the Better Government Association's ranking of Washington as fourth in the nation in government integrity laws, a component of which is open-government laws.

We might have good laws in this state, but they don't always get enforced (to put it mildly). This is borne out by the states that beat Washington in the rankings: New Jersey, Rhode Island and Hawaii. (Louisiana was just below Washington.) All of these states have histories of corruption. So they have great laws on the books, but that doesn't mean they get enforced.

That's the challenge for us in Washington: given that we have some good laws on the books, let's see that they're actually enforced.