State Integrity Report Card: Michigan

The State Integrity Investigation has released corruption risk report cards for all fifty states, and Michigan is among the eight states that received an F for its vulnerability to corruption. Though Michigan received an A for its internal auditing and scores of B- for both its state budget process and procurement, it received scores of D or F on the eleven other measures of corruption risk. Michigan’s rating, though poor, is in broad company. As the New York Times notes, “No state got an A; five received B’s, and the rest grades of C, D or F.”

Considering the importance of transparency in preventing corruption, it’s only appropriate that any measurement of corruptibility engage in full transparency itself. True to form, the State Integrity Investigation’s methodology and data are available for anyone to examine. Notably, all of the Investigation’s scores were developed by surveying reporters and vetting survey results via expert peer reviewers.

Do you feel that Michigan deserves the grades that it received? Let us know in the comments.