Government Takes Top Honors in Efficiency

Publication: Washington Post

Author: Sandhya Somashekhar

03/04/2008 - Now here's a report card to put on the refrigerator:

Virginia received a top grade of A-minus on a ranking of efficiency and effectiveness in state government in a report released Monday by Governing Magazine and the Pew Center on the States.

The report, issued every few years, rates the 50 states on a variety of criteria, ranging from how well the state manages its budget to the quality of employees it attracts. Virginia tied with Utah and Washington state, which also received A-minuses.

But Virginia got a B-plus on what many Virginians know is a weak subject: infrastructure.

"In a state blessed with such abundant data and careful planning, Virginia's infrastructure management is playing catch-up," the report's authors wrote. "Virginia needs to continue working on a thoughtful plan to maintain structural balance in the future."

Read the full article Government Takes Top Honors in Efficiency on the Washington Post Web site.

Read the report, Grading the States 2008.

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