Fiscal Report Cards: The 5 Governors Who Got As (And The 8 Who Got Fs)FEE
But what if we want to know which states are moving in the right direction or wrong direction?
If so, the best document to review is Chris Edwards’ Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors.
The new edition just came out, so I immediately looked at the rankings. The nation’s best governor—by a comfortable margin—is Susana Martinez of New Mexico.
She is joined by four other governors who earned top marks.
Eight governors, including two Republicans, were in the cellar.
The report has some other data worth sharing.
Here’s a chart that shows what has happened to state spending this century. What caught my eye is the boom-bust cycle of excessive spending growth when the economy is growing (and generating lots of revenue) and cutbacks during the downturn.
Last but not least, the report included some analysis on tax-driven migration (the topic we covered last week).
Daniel J. Mitchell is a Washington-based economist who specializes in fiscal policy, particularly tax reform, international tax competition, and the economic burden of government spending. He also serves on the editorial board of the Cayman Financial Review.
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