Virginia gets an F on ethics
March 20, 2012
A State Integrity Investigation by the Center for Public Integrity into safeguards for government integrity and transparency gives Virginia an "F" and ranks us 47th out of 50 states.
Progressive Point: Virginians expect an open and transparent government that is responsive to inquiries. But while sunlight is said to be the best disinfectant, it turns out Virginia has very little of it. A State Integrity Investigation reveals a severe lack of ethics rules in our state government. While lawmakers debate and pass hundreds of laws each year effecting their constituents, they've failed to make and enforce rules for themselves.
Our representatives frequently conduct the business of our Commonwealth behind closed doors, with no recourse for transparency beyond legislators' goodwill. A strong democracy relies on informed citizens and open government. Our representatives have an obligation to be open and accountable, but right now they're getting a failing grade.
Get the Facts: The Center for Public Integrity's State Integrity Investigation reveals: