How Well Does Your Governor Score? 2008 Cato Fiscal Report Cards

While during these times of financial instability most of our attention turns to Wall Street and Washington, the fiscal policies that our individual governors persue can greatly lessen or worsen the situation within our given states. The Cato Institute recently released their 2008 Fiscal Report Card for American Governors. The criteria is fairly straight forward. Tax and/or spending increases lower the governors’ scores, while tax and/or spending cuts will raise them. For the complete policy analysis visit the Cato article & its accompanying pdf HERE.

2008 Cato Institute Governors’ Fiscal Report Card
State Governor Score Grade
Florida Charlie Crist (R) 84 A
South Carolina Mark Sanford (R) 68 A
West Virginia Joe Manchin (D) 67 A
Nebraska Dave Heineman (R) 63 B
Nevada Jim Gibbons (R) 60 B
Texas Rick Perry (R) 60 B
Utah Jon Huntsman, Jr. (R) 60 B
Ohio Ted Strickland (D) 59 B
Georgia Sonny Perdue (R) 59 B
New Mexico Bill Richardson (D) 59 B
Oklahoma Brad Henry (D) 58 B
Maine John Baldacci (D) 56 B
Minnesota Tim Pawlenty (R) 56 B
Indiana Mitch Daniels (R) 55 B
Rhode Island Don Carcieri (R) 55 B
Tennessee Phil Bredesen (D) 55 B
Missouri Matt Blunt (R) 55 B
North Dakota John Hoeven (R) 54 C
Hawaii Linda Lingle (R) 53 C
Arkansas Mike Beebe (D) 52 C
North Carolina Michael Easley (D) 51 C
California Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) 51 C
Arizona Janet Napolitano (D) 51 C
South Dakota Mike Rounds (R) 50 C
Massachusetts Deval Patrick (D) 50 C
Colorado Bill Ritter (D) 49 D
Vermont James Douglas (R) 49 D
Washington Christine Gregoire (D) 49 D
Wisconsin Jim Doyle (D) 47 D
Kansas Kathleen Sebelius (D) 47 D
Delaware Ruth Ann Minner (D) 47 D
Michigan Jennifer Granholm (D) 46 D
New Hampshire John Lynch (D) 46 D
Mississippi Haley Barbour (R) 45 D
Virginia Tim Kaine (D) 45 D
Pennsylvania Edward Rendell (D) 42 D
Wyoming Dave Freudenthal (D) 41 D
Montana Brian Schweitzer (D) 40 D
Connecticut Jodi Rell (R) 39 F
Idaho C. L. “Butch” Otter (R) 37 F
Alabama Bob Riley (R) 37 F
Oregon Ted Kulongoski (D) 34 F
New Jersey Jon Corzine (D) 32 F
Iowa Chet Culver (D) 31 F
Illinois Rod Blagojevich (D) 30 F
Maryland Martin O’Malley (D) 23 F
Average of 46 states 50


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