Sacred Cods and Holy Mackerals

We’re not number 1!
December 12, 2008, 9:30 pm
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Despite what many, many posters on the Boston Herald comments page insist, Massachusetts is NOT the most corrupt state in the nation — in fact it may be far from it. We’re not even in the Top 20!

According to a USA Today analysis of federal public corruption convictions between ’98 and ’07, Massachusetts ranks 22nd in the number of public officials convicted of coruption. The federal government since 1998 has won 188 corruption convictions against Massachusetts residents, or 2.9 convictions per every 100,000 residents. North Dakota came in first with 8.3 convictions per every 100,000 residents.

This is, of course, not to say that all is well within Massachusetts politics. The numbers could mean that North Dakota is just better at rooting out corruption than Massachusetts. The numbers also don’t reflect the number of convictions on the state level, and there have been a few.

But it’s silly to think that we’d all automatically be better off if we lived in some other state.

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