Washington Government Transparency
5:38 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Washington Scores Well On Transparency, But Up To Citizens To Verify

The Washington Senate chamber and public gallery.
Photo by: Potjie Flickr photostream (Creative Commons licensed)

OLYMPIA -- Washington’s Public Records Act and other transparency measures have earned the state a high score in a nationwide study. The State Integrity Investigation looked at every state’s disclosure practices. It ranked Washington third in the country, with a letter grade of "B-."

But budget cuts are curtailing investigations by government watchdogs. And all three branches of government have tried to put more of their records outside the law’s scrutiny. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Idaho Government Accountability
5:18 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Idaho Nearly Fails Government Accountability Report Card

The inside of the Idaho State Capitol Dome.
Photo by Eric Hunt Wikimedia Commons

BOISE, Idaho – A new investigative project ranks Idaho 40th out of 50 states for government accountability and openness. The Gem State fails six categories outright, including ethics enforcement agencies. As Scott Ki reports, The study comes out Monday as state senators investigate one of their own.

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