|Governor Pawlenty earns ‘A’ from Cato Institute
The Cato Institute recently released their tenth biennial Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors, evaluating the taxing and spending records of all 50 governors’ since 2008. Governor Tim Pawlenty was one of just four governors nationwide to receive an ‘A’ Grade, tying for the third highest score.
Cato explains Pawlenty’s grade: “He has proposed cutting the state’s high and uncompetitive corporate franchise tax, and he has repeatedly vetoed giant tax-hike packages passed by the legislature, including increases to gasoline taxes, beer taxes, wine taxes, and income taxes.”
Pawlenty also earned high marks for his support of a state constitutional amendment that would cap the growth of Minnesota’s state general fund.
Read the Cato Institute’s full report here.
Despite the Obama Administration’s repeated promises that Americans would be able to track how each and every stimulus dollar was spent, there is apparently $162 million in stimulus spending that has gone unreported. Excerpt from USA Today: “Recipients of 352 federal stimulus contracts, grants and loans have failed to report how they spent the money, the status of their projects or how many jobs were funded, according to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).”