Only six states scored worse than Hawaii in the State Integrity Investigation.

Hawaii ranked 44th when it came to the enforcement gap, which represents the difference between a state’s “in law” score and “in practice” score. This is the difference between what the law says and what is done on the ground. A higher gap score means a state is not doing as well implementing existing transparency and accountability measures.

Hawaii scored 23. The worst was Maryland, with a gap score of 29. The best was Nebraska and Vermont, tied with a score of -4.

Here’s a list of the states at the bottom of the heap:

  • 50 – Maryland
  • 49 – New York
  • 48 – Ohio
  • 47 – North Carolina
  • 46 – Kentucky
  • 45 – Texas
  • 44 – Hawaii

Read more about the enforcement gap in Hawaii.

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