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Florida Corruption

Happy Birthday America

Our Independence has been established for 238 years, hopefully many of us are aware of. In many of the states of the Union, we would expect corruption. I found it amazing the states on the list, or maybe it was just plain denial that much has changed and really, it has not. Fortune magazine listed the following states in the Union, that are the most corrupt.

1. Mississippi
2. Louisiana
3. Tennessee
4. Illinois
5. Pennsylvania
6. Alabama
7. Alaska
8. South Dakota
9. Kentucky
10. Florida

A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University estimates that corruption on the state level is costing Americans in the 10 most corrupt states an average of $1,308 per year, or 5.2% of those states’ average expenditures per year.

The researchers studied more than 25,000 convictions of public officials for violation of federal corruption laws between 1976 and 2008 as well as patterns in state spending to develop a corruption index that estimates the most and least corrupt states in the union. Florida has had a current slew of local mayors being charged with federal charges and requiring them to leave their positions and most of these cases, require tax payers to have elections, to fill those seats. No one ask who pays for these special elections.

Researchers also found that spending in these states was different than their less corrupt counterparts. According to the report, “states with higher levels of corruption are likely to favor construction, salaries, borrowing, correction, and police protection at the expense of social sectors such as education, health and hospitals.” In Florida, they are compromising our libraries in many disadvantaged areas of Miami. Libraries are so crucial to the livelihood of many communities, they are key connection to shared community resources. Libraries are safe havens for many of our children, when they have no place to go, you now increase the opportunity of an introduction to “trouble”. In Florida, County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson of District 3 fights for services for all of the people. It is worth mentioning those that stand up and stand out. Miami-Dade come out Tuesday, July 15@ 9:30am/ County Hall, Stephen P Clark Government Center/ 111 NW 1st Street . support he fight to save YOUR public library at: http://www.CALMmiami.org

The paper explains that construction spending, especially on big infrastructure projects, is particularly susceptible to corruption because the quality of large, nonstandard projects are difficult for the public to gauge, while the industry is dominated by a few monopolistic firms. Corrupt states also tend to, for obvious reasons, simply have more and better paid public servants, including police and correctional officers. The researchers argue that the need for correctional officers is greater in corrupt places too because “the overall extent of corruption will be higher in states with higher numbers of convictions of public officials.”

Complete article: by Chris Matthews @crobmatthews JUNE 10, 2014, 1:55 PM EDT

Lateresa Jones

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