State Integrity Report Gives N.H. a "D Minus" for Transparency, Accountability

Nov 9, 2015

Credit NHPR Staff

A new report gives New Hampshire a relatively low grade on government transparency and accountability.

The second State Integrity investigation from the Center for Public Integrity, released today, gives New Hampshire a D-minus grade and tied for 34th place among states.  

It says while the state constitution guarantees public access to government records, some parts of state government are considered exempt from the requirement, and it can be difficult to appeal an agency's decision to withhold records.    The report also found parts of New Hampshire's campaign finance laws are vague about what's considered inappropriate use of campaign funds.  New Hampshire was one of 16 states to receive a D-minus grade in the State Integrity report. 

No state received a grade higher than C.