As the saying goes, "Birds of a feather flock together", Louisiana comes in at number two behind Mississippi in the list of the 10 most corrupt states in the U.S.

From fortune.com -

"The researchers studied more than 25,000 convictions of public officials for violation of federal corruption laws between 1976 and 2008 as well as patterns in state spending to develop a corruption index that estimates the most and least corrupt states in the union."

The top 10 rounds out like this -

1. Mississippi
2. Louisiana
3. Tennessee
4. Illinois
5. Pennsylvania
6. Alabama
7. Alaska
8. South Dakota
9. Kentucky
10. Florida

Similarities that the top 10 seem to share are these states are the least economically developed in the country.

The report also concludes, “states with higher levels of corruption are likely to favor construction, salaries, borrowing, correction, and police protection at the expense of social sectors such as education, health and hospitals.”

The construction is pretty interesting, especially on big infrastructure projects. The study says big construction projects are hard for the public to really gauge if anything is shady. Add to this that the industry is dominated by only a few large construction firms, and....