The state received Fs for the accountability of the governor, for public access to information, the accountability of civil service managers, state insurance commissions and the state’s handling of redistricting
Note: Back in the day, taking home a report card full of Ds and Fs would prompt a stern lecture, or worse, from mom and dad. "You're grounded, sonny boy, until you get these grades UP!" We're not sure who to blame more here, the shameless politicians in office who control the levers of power or the voters who keep putting these losers in office. Either way, it is becoming abundantly clear politicians winning elections in the Texas Legislature today essentially believe in closed-door government, with little regard for public accountability, transparency and fair play. Maybe things would change if voters began thinking more as parents and asserted some discipline at the polls come election time.
You might ask the two state representative candidates running for the 45th House District seat (Hays and Blanco counties) in November what they intend to do about this abysmal report card for Texas. Republican Jason Isaac of Dripping Springs (left photo) is running for a second term. As the incumbent, it is his duty to his constituents to address how he plans to help raise the bar on good government standards at the state Capitol. A grade of D+ in Legislative Accountability certainly is not a good reflection on Isaac or the rest of the members of the Legislature. Isaac's Democratic challenger John Adams (on right) is serving his second term on the Dripping Springs school board. Adams is campaigning on restoring the huge cuts in public school funding enacted by lawmakers last legislative session. He should campaign equally hard on confronting the loose oversight lawmakers place on themselves and the governor's office, and he should not let Isaac take a free pass on this vital public issue.
Send your comments to the complete story link, to Rep. Isaac at Jason.Isaac@house.state.tx.us, to Mr. Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the "comments" at the bottom of the report
By Mark Lisheron
Published March 19, 2012
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Texas does a pretty lousy job creating through its laws and implementation a system of government resistant to corruption.
But so do most of the states in the union, according to a new study headed by the Center for Public Integrity of the accountability of the three branches of state government, public access to information, maintenance of ethics laws and other categories.
Two other nonprofit groups, government transparency specialist Global Integrity and Public Radio International collaborated on the study.
Texas was one of 26 states given a grade of D+ or worse, eight of those Fs. No state got an A, and the apple polisher of the class, New Jersey, earned the top grade of B+ because its history of entrenched corruption prompted the passage of strong government accountability laws recently.
You can find the rankings of all of the states in several major accountability categories here.
The state earned its dismal grade by failing in five of the 14 areas examined in the study: Fs for the accountability of the governor, for public access to information, the accountability of civil service managers, state insurance commissions and the state’s handling of redistricting.
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