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Is New Mexico the most corrupt state in the nation? You’ve seen the news. It looks pretty bad. Many national organizations are interested about corruption in the states.
On most of their rankings, New Mexico falls somewhere in the middle. The last one I saw ranked us 19th. Political corruption we hear about most often seems to occur in Illinois, New Jersey and Louisiana. But those states donít rank near the top of the corruption scale either.
It is often little, out-of-the-way states like North Dakota or Vermont that head the corruption list. How can that be? We never hear about it.
Numerous explanations are out there. Most studies involve only federal convictions. Thatís much easier than looking at state and local convictions or disciplinary actions by state legislatures. Most studies are done on a per capita basis but regardless of size, each state has only one set of state officers.
And some states may be better at prosecuting offenders. The strictness of state laws differ. And some states don’t even have laws to cover many types of transgressions.
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