After the largest tax increase in Connecticut history, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy received an “F” on Tuesday in fiscal policy from a conservative thinktank.
The nationally known Cato Institute issued an “F” to five governors in its 11th biennial fiscal policy “report card.” That rating touched off a round of clashes in Connecticut regarding the results.
Malloy, a Democrat, received the lowest possible grade, along with the governors of Illinois, Hawaii, Washington, and Minnesota. The highest grades – for those who cut taxes and spending – went to the governors of Florida, Pennsylvania, Kansas, and Maine.
“I think he’s at the bottom of the heap,” Republican state Sen. Andrew Roraback said of Malloy. “It’s no surprise.”
Roraback, who is running for Congress against Democrat Elizabeth Esty, has been sharply critical of Malloy for his views on taxes and spending. As a member of the 10-member State Bond Commission, Roraback has voted against various proposals by Malloy, who chairs the bond commission and sets the agenda. Continue reading