Gov. Daniels does not get a very good grade on the Cato Institute’s "fiscal policy report card" measuring performance in cutting and spending taxes. From the news release:
Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana receives a D on the Cato Institute‘s eighth biennial fiscal policy report card released today. He earns low marks for his "abysmal" tax policy, including a proposed income tax surcharge and a freeze on the property tax relief program. According to the study, if it weren’t for a resistant state legislature, Daniels’ grade would have been much lower.
Only one governor got an A — Matt Blunt of Missouri. Of the 46 governors reviewed, six got a B, 17 got a C, 13 got a D, and 9 got an F. Here’s the executive summary, which also has a link to the full text.