Monday, March 19, 2012

Texans for Public Justice comments on Texas earning a D-plus for government transparency and accountability in the “State Integrity Investigation” released today by the Center for Public Integrity and Public Radio International.

“Texas fell just a few points shy of totally flunking a major civics exam,” said Texans for Public Justice Director Craig McDonald. “The culture of corruption in Texas politics is deeply entrenched. Our politicians—and their paymasters—have worked hard to preserve it.”

“It is no coincidence that a state bringing up the rear in corruption and open-government rankings also ranks among the worst states on human-needs indicators measuring education, health care and income equality. Texas’ D-plus grade poses a simple question: Do most Texas politicians serve the people—or do they serve themselves and their donors?”

Visit the State Integrity Investigation website.