Washington State received a grade of D+ for government accountability via an assessment conducted by the State Integrity Investigation by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization. While that grade actually puts our state at 12th in the nation, it’s hardly something to be proud of. Government transparency is, after all, an essential aspect of democracy.
Categories of particular concern include public access to information and executive accountability where the state received an F. Ironically, the failing grades in these categories were issued right after the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association gave Jay Inslee an award for “his work to keep state government open, transparent and accountable.”
Inslee doesn’t deserve a transparency award. He does, however, deceive the failing grade. Just in case anyone forgot, our green governor spent more than one year blatantly lying to the media and the public about his plans for a fuel mandate.
We called BS on Inslee’s award then, and the F in executive accountability proves it.