In a recent study from the researchers at Indiana University and City University of Hong Kong, China, Nebraska ranked fourth on a list of least corrupt states. For nearly 30 years, researchers compiled data about more than 25,000 convictions for federal anti-corruption laws to find the least and most corrupt states. After completing a corruption-to-employee ratio, Nebraska was ranked the 4th least corrupt state in the nation.
Continuing the fight against big government has clearly made an impact on Nebraska.
Between 1976 and 2008, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa rounded out the top 5 of states with the least corruption. With less corruption to worry about, more people and businesses will be drawn to the state. By maintaining these levels, Nebraska has the opportunity to bring industry here.
Conversely, the study found that the most corrupt states were Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Illinois and Pennsylvania. Promoting free market economic principles has obviously been a benefit in Nebraska’s low corruption rating.
Researchers found that corruption goes hand-in hand with increased spending. This was especially the case in areas with more money going to areas of government which are more easily manipulated for personal gain. Bribery has not been a major issue for Nebraska, so it’s clear that more people will be drawn to the Cornhusker State.
Nebraskans should be proud of being a state that doesn’t tolerate corruption. AFP Nebraska has worked hard to keep the government from overreaching and keeping the government as small as possible. Continuing to keep the government out of our lives also keeps corruption out.