Editorial: America’s states are flunking the ethics test

When the class average is a D or lower, most of the pupils are probably witless dolts. All the worse for American taxpayers when those dullards are the 50 state governments — specifically, their laws on ethics and openness, and the legislators who make those laws.

That’s the verdict of a new report by the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity, which conducted a survey of state laws on political finance; lobbying; public access to information; electoral oversight; and accountability of state legislative, executive and judicial branches. By the center’s reckoning, 11 states received failing grades and just three — Alaska, California and Connecticut — earned marks better than a D+. Continue…