Right wing nuts often come to P.E. to insult Massachusetts (which, in their cramped little minds, is supposed to reflect on me), but they do so in laughable ignorance.
Massachusetts was recently named the best state in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report. The map and chart below illustrate that Massachusetts is also one of the least corrupt states to live in. Keep in mind that those Goopers who denigrate blue, blue Massachusetts, on average, live in red, red states that are among the poorest, least desirable, and most corrupt states in which to live.
Harvard study: Kentucky’s state government one of the most corrupt in the country
A 2014 study by Harvard University’s Center for Ethics finds that Kentucky’s state government is among the most corrupt in the country, and second to none when it comes to the “legal corruption” of political favors in exchange for campaign contributions.
Whereas the most common measure of corruption uses only federal convictions, the Harvard study measures corruption based on the perceptions of experts, surveying hundreds of news and investigative reporters covering state politics. The reporters ranked the existence of both illegal and legal corruption in the executive, legislative and judicial branches on a scale of 1 to 5, from not common at all to extremely common.
NOTE: Louisiana is in red because the state did not cooperate in report.