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Rank among 50 states: 29th

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A colorful history of corruption led to reforms, but money still has undue influence in West Virginia’s government.  Read more from SII State Reporter Eric Newhouse.

Latest state news for West Virginia

State integrity news for West Virginia, from NBC News9:

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that he will be taking a new, more aggressive approach to the investigation of public corruption in West Virginia and he is encouraging citizens to join the fight.

Officials from the State Police, the F.B.I., and the I.R.S. stood with Ihlenfeld as he announced a major push by his office to identify, investigate, and prosecute matters of public corruption occurring throughout the state.

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State integrity news for West Virginia, from the Charleston Gazette:

The state Ethics Commission refused Thursday to sign off on West Virginia House Speaker Rick Thompson's plan to take a job as chief lawyer for the West Virginia Education Association, a group that routinely lobbies the Legislature.Thompson wanted to work for the WVEA, while continuing to serve as House speaker.

Commission members concluded that Thompson would have an "inescapable conflict of interest."

Read the rest of the story at the Charleston Gazzette.

State integrity news for West Virginia, from the Charleston Daily Mail:

West Virginians are used to seeing their state listed near the bottom on every list of good attributes. But thanks to state officials, including state Auditor Glen Gainer, West Virginia recently made a move from the bottom to the top in one year's time. The liberal U.S. Public Interest Research Group assessed the 50 states on their efforts to put reports of state consumption of public money online.

"It's just a great story for West Virginia in how a small state can move to the top of the rankings," said Ryan Pierannunzi, tax and budget associate for U.S. PIRG and a co-author of the report.

Read the rest of the story at the Charleston Daily Mail.

Corruption news for West Virginia, from the Charleston Gazette:

State lawmakers are debating a bill that would create an independent fiscal office to provide more accurate cost estimates for proposed law and policy changes.West Virginia agencies draft fiscal notes that lawmakers rely on to determine whether the state can afford a new program or policy change.

But Sen. Herb Snyder says agencies can use the fiscal notes to influence policy by downplaying costs for programs they support or over-estimating the price tag if the agency disagrees with a proposal.

Read the rest of the story at the Charleston Gazette.

Corruption news for West Virginia, from the State Journal:

Legislators have until Jan. 17 to come up with a new congressional redistricting plan after a three-judge panel ruled the current plan unconstitutional in a Jan. 3 decision.

West Virginia was assigned three seats in the U.S. House of Representatives based on the 2010 census. In a unanimous vote Nov. 3, the Jefferson County Commission decided to seek legal remedy against the congressional redistricting plan that places the Eastern Panhandle in a long district that stretches to the Ohio River.

Read the rest of the story at the State Journal.

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