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Bill Gates Talks State Budgets & Corruption on TED

America’s school systems are funded by the 50 states. In this fiery talk, Bill Gates says that state budgets are riddled with accounting tricks that disguise the true cost of health care and pensions and weighted with worsening deficits — with the financing of education at the losing end.

Click the image to see Bill Gates deliver a fiery TED Talks presentation:
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We’ve published government corruption risk report cards for each state. The associated data reflects scoring for the questions we asked as we investigated corruption risk across 14 categories of government in all 50 US States.

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We can all take it upon ourselves to make change. Use the data and the corruption risk report cards to work with your State government officials to address the policy and practice issues that lead to power abuse, corruption and damaging societal issues that affect all of us. You can email your state’s report card to your legislators by clicking on link at the top of your state’s report card.

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