PA's Political Corruption Costing Taxpayers

06.12.14 | Terry Diener

A scholarly study based on data from the Justice Department says Pennsylvanians pay inflated taxes because the state's public corruption rate is among the highest in the nation.  The report in Public Administration Review shows public corruption “implicitly causes taxpayers to pay more.”  The study says corruption costs taxpayers about $1,308 per person more per year in states with the most corruption, compared to states with average corruption levels.