Public Corruption


When I'm back in Wisconsin visiting family I like to give a friend from Illinois a hard time. Governors in Prison: 4 of the State's Last 7 Governors were Convicted and Imprisoned.

Last time I was home he told me that Florida is #1 According to an article by Reid Wilson January 22, 2014 in the Washington Post and Fortune magazine by Chris Matthews June 10, 2014. The 10 most corrupt states in the U.S.

Between 1998 and 2007, 824 public officials in Florida were convicted on public corruption charges at the local, state and federal level. According to a tally compiled by the New York Times, that was more than any other state. New York came in second place, with 704 public officials locked up, while Texas, Pennsylvania, California, Ohio and Illinois all saw more than 500 officials convicted. Studies from researchers at Indiana University estimates this is costing 5.2% of the states expenditures per year.

A few Ideas

Public access to information, require lobbyists to make public what issues or actions they seek to influence and to report what agencies they are lobbying. Open records laws, comprehensive state ethics laws, or an ethics commission. Banning legislators and their aides from becoming lobbyists and preventing civil servants from entering the private sector they regulated before leaving office. Disclosure of sexual relationships between lobbyist and public official.

Post Script: Let's work on: Florida best state to 1.Start a Business 2. Start a family 3. Retire. 4. Vacation. 5. Lowest Unemployment. 6. Lowest Mortality rate.

E-mail me what you think Florida should be best in.

Post-Post Script: #1 Priority . Less persons incarcerate more in School..

Post-Post-Post; Make Florida the tail that wags the dog!

Crony capitalism Describing an economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business people and government officials. It may be exhibited by favoritism in the distribution of legal permits, government grants, special tax breaks, or other forms of state interventionism. Crony capitalism is believed to arise when business cronyism and related self-serving behavior by businesses or business people spills over into politics and government, or when self-serving friendships and family ties between businessmen and the government influence the economy and society to the extent that it corrupts public-serving economic and political ideals.



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