How Vulnerable Is Hawaii's Insurance Commissioner to Budget Cuts?

Hawaii's gets good grades in the State Integrity Investigation for keeping its insurance commissioner's office relatively well-staffed. But like others, the office struggles with budget cuts.

Hawaii received an overall F, or 57 percent, grade in the State Insurance Commissions category. That put us in 37th place, tied with North Dakota. Mississippi came in first. At the bottom was Wyoming.

Overall, the State Integrity Investigation ranked Hawaii 10th after Civil Beat reporters researched 330 “Corruption Risk Indicators” across 14 categories of government. (Click here to learn more about the methodology used for the project.)

Bottom line: The office of the insurance commissioner is relatively well-staffed, but like many other state agencies, in tough times it is vulnerable to budget cuts.

Here's the basis for the 62-percent grade that contributed to the overall 57 percent score in the State Insurance Commissions category. It's your turn to evaluate whether Civil Beat got it right and to share what you think should be done to improve the situation. Share your comments at the bottom of this story.

Here's the first question the State Integrity Investigation asked regarding state insurance commissions.

Does the state insurance commission have sufficient capacity to carry out its mandate?

Overall score: 62%

Here are the criteria Civil Beat used to answer that question and what Civil Beat found.

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