Tuesday was a big day for pro-growth small business governors.
Let’s begin with the Cato Institute’s Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors 2014 by Nicole Kaeding and Chris Edwards. In their report, only four governors received an A grade. Two of them were fighting for their political lives on Tuesday and both won: Sam Brownback, KS and Paul LePage, ME. This is a major score for small businesses, and it sends a message to other Republican governors that smart tax reform is a winner.
The right size for government is smaller—a lot smaller.
Six of the eight governors scoring F grades were up for election. Two of the six seats are now Republican and one is too close to call. Democrat/Socialist Pat Quinn (F) of Illinois is out, and Charlie Baker won in deep blue Massachusetts (Deval Patrick got an F but did not run). And John Hickenlooper another F (too close to call) could be out of a job in Colorado.
All in all it was a big day for small businesses and pro-growth reformers at the state level.