Well, let’s see. Our former Governor and our current attorney general are under indictment for felonies.
But Governor Greg Abbott set to fixing that.
In his first State of the State address to the Texas Legislature in early 2015, newly elected Gov. Greg Abbott challenged lawmakers to dedicate their unfolding 140-day session to ethics reform, asserting that “the most important commodity that we have as elected officials is the bond that we share with our constituents.”
Action talks and talk talks, too, only down a darkened alley way under a crescent moon to meet with hookers.
And that’s what happened in Texas. The Republican dominated Legislature got zero done on ethics reform. In fact, they went the opposite way, giving state officials accused of crimes more choice of where they want to be prosecuted.
So perhaps it’s no surprise that the state earned a grade of D- in the latest State Integrity Investigation, a national assessment of state government accountability and transparency by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity.
We went from a 27th ranking and a D+ two years ago to 38th with a D- this year and it ain’t improving none at all with our agriculture commissioner and Baby Bush as our land commissioner hiring all their friends and relatives at triple digit salaries. Hell, Baby Bush only shows up at work half the time. We can’t decide if that’s good news or bad news.
Oh hell, Texas. Straighten up and fly right. Or left. Left would be good.