Corruption Growing in Mexico, Group Says
“More than 200 million acts of corruption” occurred last year at the federal, state and municipal government levels, costing Mexicans 32 billion pesos (nearly $2.8 billion), the non-governmental organization said.
“This represents an additional tax of more than 14 percent on the average incomes of Mexican households,” TM technical advisory council member Edmundo Berumen said, adding that for those earning the minimum wage of 1,800 pesos ($155) per month, it totaled 33 percent of income.
Mexico’s least corrupt states, according to the TM study, are Baja California Sur, Durango, Nayarit and Aguascalientes, while the most corrupt are Oaxaca, Guerrero, Mexico state and the Federal District.
Corruption affected 22.6 percent of public dealings in Mexico City in 2001, but the rate is down by 4.7 percentage points since then, Berumen said.