Pennsylvania makes top 10 list of most corrupt states

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A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University puts Pennsylvania in the U.S. top ten list of most corrupt states.

The authors of the study researched the impact of public officials’ corruption on the size and allocation of U.S. state spending. They believe that corruption would cause state spending to be artificially elevated. The study was conducted from 1997-2008.

They suggest that “corruption is likely to distort states’ public resource allocations in favor of higher-potential “bribe-generating” spending and items directly beneficial to public officials, such as capital, construction, highways, borrowing, and total salaries and wages.”


1. Mississippi
2. Louisiana
3. Tennessee
4. Illinois
5. Pennsylvania
6. Alabama
7. Alaska
8. South Dakota
9. Kentucky
10. Florida



  • Steve

    How about California, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, Nevada, Michigan, and Hawaii. I can’t believe you people would simply keep the states with the highest level of fraud and abuse out of the top of your list. These are the states where the most corruption takes place and where your most corrupt politicians come from.

    • joneze

      The study was conducted from 1997-2008; Corbett was sworn into office in 2011; so nice try! Read the article next time!

  • Gidry Priebe

    No doubt PA is ranked high. Should also be ranked highly for their corrupt penal/justice/corrections system, from the police to the courts to the prisons, they're all corrupt.

  • Just Me

    I've always wondered where all our tax dollars were going. Guess this article explains it! Just think about it,
    we have PA sales tax, PA gas tax, taxes assessed on liquor, cigarettes as well. There is PA State Income Tax, County taxes, local taxes, and the big, bad one….property taxes to pay for a failing education system. It just goes on and on and on. We have bad roads, bad bridges, and now we finally have an explanation…………………corruption in PA government! Interesting!! So, who is going to do something about the problem? Why, the corrupt folks in government, of course! Now we all know that just isn't going to happen, don't we?

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