Is Kentucky really one of America’s most corrupt states?

The Heritage Foundation is reporting on a study determining the most corrupt states in America. The study sized up the effect between 1976 and 2008 of public corruption—measured by convictions—on state spending.

It found Mississippi was at the top of the list, but guess which state was No. 9?


According to the study, the 10 most-corrupt states could have reduced per capita spending by an average of $1,308 if they had average corruption levels. The study found states in the top 10 tend to focus spending on “bribe-generating” spending and items directly beneficial to public officials such as capital projects, construction, highways, borrowing and total salaries and wages.

A climate of corruption or even a perception of one can lead to serious economic effects. The study cited several sources on how economic activity is depressed in nations riddled with corruption. States are no different, and it creates a vicious cycle.

With economic activity depressed because of corruption, states such as Mississippi are forced to use more subsidies and tax breaks. This encourages companies to engage in more rent-seeking behavior — spending wealth on political lobbying to increase one’s share of wealth without creating wealth. This helps build an even more entrenched climate of corruption with companies constantly seeking to maintain or even add to special privileges not afforded their competitors.

A new era of transparency: Bipartisan investigation reveals department anything but ‘Kentucky Proud’

His exploits on the basketball court will not be the only thing that remains “unforgettable” about former University of Kentucky basketball standout Richie Farmer’s life in the limelight.

An audit by released today by State Auditor Adam Edelen of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture — known for its Kentucky Proud food products — under Farmer’s leadership, who served from 2004 to 2012, revealed “a toxic culture of entitlement and self-dealing at Kentucky taxpayers’ expense.”

Edelen’s report shows that Farmer used his position of influence that would result in free concrete being donated and state employees building a basketball court in our backyard on taxpayers’ time? And who among the canine cult wouldn’t want to be a member of Farmer’s entourage, where dogs apparently get chauffeured?

In a rare demonstration of bipartisan cooperation in Frankfort, Edelen conducted the audit at the request of Republican James Comer, Farmer’s successor as Ag commissioner.

Read the audit here.

As Edelen said, you should be “outraged” after reading this. If you are not, rush to the doctor and get your pulse checked.






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A new Rasmussen poll claims that 46% of likely U.S. voters think most members of the United States congress are corrupt and an ever larger number think they seek office to further their own careers rather than defend the Constitution and take up for their constituents.

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