Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors: 2012

The recovery from the recent recession has been very sluggish, and the nation’s governors have struggled with the resulting budget deficits, unemployment, and other economic problems in their states. Many reform-minded governors elected in 2010 have championed tax reforms and spending restraint to get their states back on track. Other governors have expanded government with old-fashioned tax-and-spend policies.

That is the backdrop to this year’s 11th biennial fiscal report card on the governors, which examines state budget actions since 2010. It uses statistical data to grade the governors on their taxing and spending records—governors who have cut taxes and spending the most receive the highest grades, while those who have increased taxes and spending the most receive the lowest grades.

Four governors were awarded an “A” in this report card—Sam Brownback of Kansas, Rick Scott of Florida, Paul LePage of Maine, and Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania. Chris Edwards – Cato Institute – Click To Read More…

DSMW operates out Of Tampa and we are proud of our new Governor Rick Scott. Florida, under his conservative Republican leadership, now operates from a balanced budget. The voters of Florida felt they were going out on a limb to elect Scott, a successful businessman with no prior governmental experience. We are now a competitive desirable state that welcomes business and not solely dependent on the tourist industry.

Congratulations Rick.