Michigan Gov. Whitmer scores failing grade on fiscal policy report

by Joel Abbott · Oct 7th, 2020 11:56 am
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Last Updated Oct 8th, 2020 at 10:46 pm

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) has been assigned an "F" for her fiscal policy in a new report on the nation's governors.

The "Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors 2020" – released by the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington, D.C. – highlighted the reasons for Whitmer's failing grade.

"Whitmer scores poorly on this report because of her support for large tax increases," the report reads. "When campaigning in 2018, Whitmer 'scoffed at the idea' that she supported a gas tax hike in a televised debate, calling the accusation 'ridiculous.' Despite that dismissal, Whitmer pushed hard for a gas tax increase her first year in office... Polls found large‐​scale public opposition, and the plan did not pass the legislature."

The report went on to criticize Whitmer's other tax policies.

"Whitmer approved an increase in online sales taxes and she proposed increasing taxes on passthrough businesses," the report said. "In a flip‐​flop that is angering retirees in the state, Whitmer campaigned in 2018 on repealing a pension tax imposed by the prior governor, but now she seems to have dropped the idea."

The report comes days after the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that Whitmer's recurring and ongoing lockdown orders are unconstitutional and therefore illegal.

The other governors who were awarded a failing grade on the report were Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), Ralph Northam (D-VA), Phil Murphy (D-NJ), J.B. Pritzker (D-IL), Kate Brown (D-OR), and Jay Inslee (D-WA).

Governors that were awarded an "A" on the report included Chris Sununu (R-NH), Kim Reynolds (R-IA), Pete Ricketts (R-NE), and Mark Gordon (R-WY).


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