In 1999, Georgia ranked 33rd and received an F. In 2006, Georgia ranked sixth and in 2009 Georgia ranked seventh with a B. Georgia was able to better its position by passing laws based on CPI’s survey results and comments. Fast forward to the present. Georgia has apparently fallen from seventh to 50th.
How is this possible? Did Georgia pass laws that removed reporting requirements or weakened enforcement procedures? No. In 2010 and 2011, Georgia passed legislation to require more disclosure and higher penalties. What changed was how CPI conducted the survey or who it used or did not use to answer the questions.
Here’s another other article showing it’s not just some in Georgia who question the CPI report.
If we’re going to talk more about ethics on this site in the coming days we at least ought to have some context to that discussion. I welcome the discussion and plan to be a part of it.