July 7, 2014 | Posted in Current Events | By

Finally, a bad list that Arkansas isn’t on.

The list of most corrupt states just came out, and we’re not even in the top 10!

A study by researchers Cheol Liu from the City University of Hong Kong and Indiana University’s John L. Mikesell found corruption in Mississippi was tops among the states from 1976 through 2008. Louisiana, Tennessee, Illinois, and Pennsylvania round out the top 5 most corrupt states.

According to the study, the 10 most-corrupt states could have reduced per capita spending by an average of $1,308 if they had average corruption levels. In more corrupt states, large corporations enhance their bottom by lobbying lawmakers for tax breaks and other government assistance rather than focusing on better business practices.

In 2013 the Arkansas Legislature appropriated several million tax dollars to help build a steel mill in Northeast Arkansas.

You can read the study here.

Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.