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  • Grading the Nation's Governors

    West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (Photo: Brian Baer/Newscom)

    West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin received an “A” from Cato. (Newscom)

    The Cato Institute released its ninth biennial fiscal report card on the nation’s governors yesterday, and topping the list with “A” grade were Charlie Crist of Florida, Mark Sanford of South Carolina, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Cato grades the governors based on data from their taxing and spending records.

    Republican governors, on average, received slightly higher grades than Democratic governors. More importantly, there has been a disappointing lack of major spending reforms among governors of both parties in recent years. State tax policies have also been uninspiring. Most tax cuts pursued by the governors have been small and targeted breaks, not broad-based rate cuts that can foster economic growth.

    The report’s author, Chris Edwards, director of tax-policy studies at Cato, said governors will have to improve their fiscal policies if their states are going to grapple with the huge challenges on the horizon. The complete report card is available as a PDF or webpage.

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    2 Responses to Grading the Nation's Governors

    1. Caponer, Virginia says:

      Joe Manchin has proven to be a good governor, something the state of West Virginia deserves. He is the sort of man we need in Congress one of these days, not an old pork dispenser like Robert Byrd. Pork is not what a state needs. It needs jobs for its workers who have proven themselves over the years to be dependable and hard working. A solid citizen in Congress is an asset to be wished for as much as in the state house.

    2. A. Cherry, Philadelp says:

      Governor is an Administrator of the State, while Congress is the legislative body of the country. Person who wrote above comment needs a citizenship training similar the immigrants have to comply with, to know that democracy functions when these two function separately both vertically and horizontally.

      Yet there is a motive in which person can see the “good” connecting ways of operating

      of the good governor and good Congressmen. These are operational patterns which one has to still distinct well and have these good patterns utilized in the proper boundaries – Governor watching over administrative implementing the bills that State and US Congress made, and the Congressman watching that he gets the feedback from his district that he assesses properly what still needs the legislative intervention after the bills on the book are already implemented by Governor ( and his cabinet)

      Lets see again what Governotr Of WV has that both can use: not enough information about it here; we can probably get it analyzing better what both do well.

      But I am seeing an essential difference in this statement in the article above" "Most tax cuts pursued by the governors have been small and targeted breaks, not broad-based rate cuts that can foster economic growth." I need more information. Does the author mean that governors use the state Congresses to originate these and they implement it or governors go ahead and legislature small tax cuts? or is this a vague area? The broad based tax cuts are by US Congress, but author above referees to "rates cuts" while rates are set by …perpetuate resigning Commissioner Greenspan, extending of the Executive branch. That is,of course, if one of these resignations did not kill Commissioner Greenspan.

      How we explain better, in terms that we are as democracy not to interfere with each other business (like commissioner that implements Congress decisions via main Executive – US President, and Congress legislator that is to base its proposals on the feedback from his district, knowing whereloophole are)?

      How we get check and balance

      on these matters right here, right now on the first day of new Presidency?

      Lets discuss my emerging open ends some more and elsewhere.

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