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July 3, 2014

Oklahoma ranks 11th in U.S. corruption

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State Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins said the increased use of state tax subsidies and tax breaks by Republicans creates a climate of corruption.

State Republican Party Chairman Dave Weston did not respond to a request for comment.

“Electing good people, having government financial transparency laws and internal control systems, and rigorously prosecuting violators can dramatically reduce the level of corruption, but it can’t be totally eliminated,” said Vance Fried, director of the Institute for Free

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

“As long as you have government officials with the ability to spend a lot of taxpayer’s money, you will have some corruption.”

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