Good Governance and Ethics Reform

Good governance is a critical principle that is required for any well-functioning political system. Legislators, policymakers, and public employees must behave in a manner that is consistent with the highest ethical code and standards. Recognizing that that ethical violations will – and often do – occur, West Virginia must ensure that the proper procedures and guidelines are in place to protect taxpayers, ensure a healthy system of governance, and punish those who violate such standards of conduct.

The Cardinal Institute also believes that our government has a moral responsibility to use taxpayer dollars wisely. Every dollar of taxpayer money that is spent on activities that fall outside of the proper function of government is a violation of the good-governance principle.

For far too long, West Virginia has been harmed by political logrolling and “pork” spending that is not justifiable in the best of economic times, let alone during the hardship West Virginia has experienced in the last few years. The Cardinal Institute maintains that West Virginians need to transform the way they view the proper role, scope, and function of state government.

For more on these two critically-important topics, please see Cardinal’s paper on ethics reform, “Public Integrity: Reforming Ethical Checks and Balances in West Virginia.” Also, please see our most recent study on waste in the state budget, “Wild, Wasteful West Virginia.