Missouri earns “D” grade for accountability and transparency

Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert
Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert

Missouri earned a D- grade for its government accountability and transparency laws in a report conducted by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity.

The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit organization that focuses on investigative journalism. Global Integrity is a nonprofit that tracks government corruption. Both organizations are nonpartisan and are funded by donors.

The study looked at laws, and enforcement of laws, in all 50 states pertaining to public access to information, electoral oversight and pension fund management, among other areas of public concern.

The Show Me State earned failing grades in six of 13 categories that were studied, including public access to information, political financing, electoral oversight, legislative accountability, state civil service management and state pension fund management. It earned a C in executive accountability, a C- in lobbying disclosure and a B- in internal auditing.

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