The Cato Institute, a Washington D.C. think tank with Libertarian roots, released a report card of the nation’s Governors today and gives Governor Deal a grade of “C”, with 22 Governors scoring better and 22 scoring worse. Cato essentially looks at Georgia’s performance and says “meh”.
Governor Deal does get a positive mention from the group for eliminating the state’s sales tax on energy:
“Georgia Governor Nathan Deal notes correctly that ‘because the sales tax is intended to be a tax on consumption, it should not be applied to business inputs.’ 12 Deal signed legislation to end sales taxes on energy used in manufacturing.”
The Governors of Kansas, Florida, Maine, and Pennsylvania received grades of “A”, while Washington, Hawaii, Minnesota, Connecticut, and Illinois received failing grades of “F”. You can read the full report here.