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March 09, 2005

Cato likes Locke

The Cato Institute’s favorite long-serving Democratic governor of 2004, measured in terms of taxing and spending, was Gary Locke.

Cato’s libertarian agenda is toward less taxing and spending, and its annual ranking of governors generally favors Republicans. In its 2004 report, two among the country’s long-serving (‘senior class’) governors, Bill Owens of Colorado and Judy Martz of Montana, both Republicans, were graded “A.” Of the five graded “B,” four are Republicans. The other is Locke, who was rated highly on keeping taxes down, though the study also credits Washington voters.

Among newer (‘junior class’) governors, Cato’s favorites in the taxing and spending league were Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and Craig Benson of New Hampshire, both Republicans. The highest scoring Democrats, with grades of “B,” were Bill Richardson of New Mexico, John Baldacci of Maine and Phil Bredesen of Tennessee.

Of all governors, the worst in Cato’s view was Bob Taft of Ohio, Republican.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at March 9, 2005 01:05 PM



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