(The Center Square) – A new report on US governors and their commitment to economic freedom has ranked Governor Tom Wolf near the bottom of the pack.
The Laffer-ALEC Report on Economic Freedom, published by the American Legislative Exchange Council, rates each governor “on their current economic performance and their fiscal and executive policies during their tenure.” The report focuses on economic performance, executive policies and fiscal policy, taking into account measures such as freedom of education, interstate migration, unemployment rate and debt.
Wolf, a second-term Democrat, was ranked in the “one-star governors” section at No. 43. With Neighboring States, Wolf only beat Phil Murphy of New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo of New York (45th and 46th respectively), but placed behind John Carney of Delaware (38th), Larry Hogan of Maryland (35th) , Jim Justice of West Virginia (33rd) and Mike DeWine of Ohio (32nd).
Cuomo is no longer governor, having resigned last summer; Kathy Hochul succeeded him.
While state governors do not control all state policy and can do more or less depending on whether their political party also controls the legislature, the report attempts to adjust accordingly. The Senate and House in Pennsylvania are led by Republicans.
“In most cases, state measures are indexed to national averages to reflect trends in U.S. performance, policies are recorded as those proposed by the governors themselves, and changes in performance and policies are not measured only on the individual terms of governors,” the report said. Remarks.
The top five governors in the report were Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Spencer Cox of Utah, Ron DeSantis of Florida, Jared Polis of Colorado and Brad Little of Idaho. Four are Republicans, while Polis is the top-ranked Democrat in the report.
Wolf’s highest ranking was in executive branch politics, where the report ranked him 40th. Economic performance ranked 42nd and fiscal policy 43rd. Since Wolf’s inauguration in 2015, Pennsylvania’s spending as a percentage of gross state product has steadily increased from around 10% to around 12%; previously it was down.
Wolf has been optimistic about the state’s economy in recent years. In his 2022 budget speech, he noted that the state government had turned its budget deficit into a surplus; “Finally, our tax house is in order,” he said. “These are days of opportunity for our Commonwealth.”