In a state-by-state survey about government accountability and transparency, California ranked fourth.
But hold the applause. New Jersey, the highest-ranked, rated just a B-Plus. California got a B-minus.
"While the survey concluded that the state has plenty of laws written to make government accessible and to diminish the risks of dishonesty, favoritism and conflicts of interest, there are gaps between what the laws say and what they actually do," said Lorie Hearn of Investigative Newsource, a partner in the project of the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International.
Among the survey's major conclusions: State governments are largely doing a poor job delivering transparency and accountability to their citizenry. Meanwhile, statehouses remain ripe for corruption and self-dealing.