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State Integrity Investigation
When former treasurer Tim Cahill was indicted on corruption and fraud charges in April 2012, it was no surprise to many Massachusetts political observers. The state has a history of corruption. In the spring of 2012, the state probation department was under investigation and Sal DiMasi was in the clink — the third House speaker in a row to be disgraced.
So what's the risk for ongoing corruption in the Bay State? WGBH News has released the State Integrity Index, a nationwide investigation by the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International. Over 330 questions, researchers gave Massachusetts a "C" on the initiative's report card See the complete data for Massachusetts.
Meanwhile, WGBH listeners and visitors also gave the state their own grade — and it wasn't glowing.
We'll continue to bring you stories on these issues through August 2012.