Cato Institute Grades Governors on their Fiscal Record

When it comes to making their state’s economy more competitive, governors have a wide variety of policy options available. But which governors have the best track record on economic growth? The Cato Institute’s Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors analyzes each governor’s fiscal policies from January 2012 to August 2014. Governors who keep tax rates competitive and maintain reasonable levels of spending received an “A,” while governors who increased taxes and spending received an “F.”

In this report, four governors earned an “A” for pro-growth policies: Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina, Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas, Governor …

The Need for Better Stewardship over the Money Government Spends

This appeared on Governing.com on October 2, 2014. When a water main breaks in your town, what does the local government do? Other than responding to the break with the appropriate emergency services, the municipality works to replace the broken main. Companies are asked to bid for the job based … »

This Tax Proposal Could Be the Largest Obstacle to Growing Small Businesses Online

Dealing with federal, state and local taxes and regulations is already an incredibly burdensome task on startups and small businesses. But beyond complying with onerous regulations from the jurisdiction where businesses operate, there is a little talked about potential tax change that could make it much more difficult for small … »

New Municipal Bankruptcy Ruling Highlights the Need for Pension Reform

Recently, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein ruled that the city of Stockton, California could reduce the amount it was obligated to pay in pension costs and could even leave the state’s retirement system (CalPERS). The significance of this decision is difficult to overstate. Pensions were long thought to be absolutely … »

Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in Public Sector Labor Unions – Problems and Solutions for Reform

According to U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 14.5 million Americans belong to a union. 35.3 percent of government employees are unionized. Because these individuals are on the public’s payroll, taxpayers and policymakers must demand accountability and transparency from unions representing public employees. Every individual should have the right to … »