October 11, 2012
Congratulations To Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire

According to the libertarian Cato Institute, she beat some tough competition to join this small group of governors: Pat Quinn of Illinois, Dan Malloy of Connecticut, Mark Dayton of Minnesota, and Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii.  All five received "F's" for their fiscal management.

Here's how Gregoire earned her grade:

Chris Gregoire of Washington earned a well-deserved "F" on the last Cato report card.  There has been a never-ending stream of tax-increase proposals coming from this governor since 2005.  In her first year, she raised taxes on cigarettes, gasoline, liquor, and vehicles.  She also re-established an estate tax after a previous version had been struck down by the courts.  In 2009 she signed into law increases in business taxes, sales taxes, cigarette taxes, beer taxes, soda taxes, and candy taxes.  In 2010 she approved a large increase in the cigarette tax, a huge hospital tax, and increases in business taxes and beer taxes.  In 2011 she proposed a half cent increase in the sales tax rate, but that was rejected by the legislature.  In 2012 Gregoire proposed a new tax on crude oil to raise $275 million a year.

Almost all of those are regressive taxes, hitting the poor harder than the well off.   On the other hand, government workers have done very well under Gregoire.

Finally, here's a scary thought:  Former congressman Jay Inslee, who is running to replace Gregoire, would be even worse on fiscal issues, in my opinion.  Inslee is promising to do the same things that Gregoire did, and more — while avoiding her, for some reason, on the campaign trail.

Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics.

Posted by Jim Miller at October 11, 2012 10:09 AM | Email This
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1. When Gregoire was elected the first time (and I use the term "elected" very loosely), I told my wife, "Hold on to your wallet!" And yet people in this state (King County) continue to put democrats in office time after time.

Posted by: Fred Parr on October 11, 2012 10:23 AM
2. I'll be happy to see Gregoire move on to other career possibilities, preferably out of any government position, local, state or federal. I suspect that what the progressives and Democrats of Washington truly want is a state income tax. I say NEVER to a state income tax because the state government has never proven to me that it can act with restraint when it comes to spending. In short, we citizens cannot transfer enough wealth to state government to satisfy that government or its supporters on the left.

With that said, I must say that I cannot support Romney fro president because he intends to keep spending for our futile overseas adventures at even higher levels than they are now. What is needed, in my view, is a slow but steady withdrawal of our troops from foreign lands. We cannot continue to borrow money from people who hate us to support being the world's de facto police force. It's time for other countries to militarily support their own interest and to not rely on the US to do the dirty work. $16 trillion on the credit card is enough! It will take nearly half a century to pay-off that debt if we start today.

Posted by: Politically Incorrect on October 11, 2012 10:44 AM
3. Inslee appears to be the proverbial 'wolf in sheep's clothing' here, avoiding our present Governor and trying to appear different and unique when we all know the template he will follow. McKenna gets my vote! Looking forward to tonight's debate(s). :)

Posted by: Duffman on October 11, 2012 01:11 PM
4. I think it's important to note here that what while Gregoire and the Democrats were raising taxes at every opportunity, the B&O tax on print newspapers was lowered substantially.

Say what you will about the Ds, they know who their friends are.

Posted by: Dave on October 11, 2012 03:01 PM
5. Stupid is as stupid does. We'll find out in November if 30 years of stuck on stupid in this state is enough to recognize we need a realistic gameplan going forward.

Posted by: Rick D. on October 11, 2012 06:38 PM
6. .
The Cato Institute is an American libertarian think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C. Founded as the Charles Koch Foundation in 1974 by Murray Rothbard, Ed Crane and Charles Koch.[

Posted by: MikeBoyScout on October 11, 2012 09:28 PM
7. Shorter #6- I can't refute facts, so like the demorat drone I am, I'll just spew the Koch Bros. and think it makes my point. Today's typical democrat. Duly noted.

Posted by: Rick D. on October 11, 2012 09:54 PM
8. " here's a scary thought: Former congressman Jay Inslee, who is running to replace Gregoire, would be even worse on fiscal issues, in my opinion. Inslee is promising to do the same things that Gregoire did, and more -- while avoiding her, for some reason, on the campaign trail."

That seemed to come through in the debate tonight. Inslee is all about picking winners and losers and throwing more money at education, with no real plan to improve jobs except raise taxes.

@6 - If you have nothing to advocate, demonize the opposition by invoking the strawman Koch Brothers. Just like Joe "Krusty the Klown" Biden.

Posted by: KDS on October 11, 2012 11:03 PM
9. And Jay Inslee would be a Gregoire look-alike, having helped wrack up 6.1 trillion in new debt as a Cangressman. No Damn Thanks!

Posted by: gs on October 11, 2012 11:23 PM
10. According to the libertarian Cato Institute,

Washington State's voters always take seriously the views of a Koch-brothers founded organization from far outside of our state. Just ask Jim Miller.

Almost all of those are regressive taxes, hitting the poor harder than the well off.

"Concern trolling" does not even begin to do justice here...

Posted by: tensor on October 11, 2012 11:48 PM
11. Chris Gregoire, Governor of Indian Tribes and Unions

Posted by: Jeff B. on October 12, 2012 07:32 AM
12. I had to rewind it on my DVR to make sure, but Inslee actually said "kindee-garden" last night. I was thinking he should have spent more of his youth in the liberry.

Posted by: Dirk Van der Huge on October 12, 2012 08:31 AM
13. So, Tensor and MBS, did she or did she not sign legislation to raise those taxes?

Or were the Koch Brothers behind that, too?

Posted by: jimg on October 12, 2012 05:31 PM
14. I loved your post.Really thank you! Cool.

Posted by: louis vuitton neverfulls on October 13, 2012 04:07 AM
15. Thanks a lot for the article. Will read on...

Posted by: jordanshoesforcheap.airjordandeals.com on October 13, 2012 04:22 AM
16. Voters - take a step back and a deep breath and repeat the definition of insanity - "Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results".

That's exactly what you will be showing if you vote for Inslee - he is more big government than Gregoire. Also, look at what Obama did to the national economy with his big government ideology.
If you can come with an HONEST argument void of ideology as a rebuttal, bring it on so we can discuss and debate. I won't be holding my breath.

Posted by: KDS on October 13, 2012 10:35 AM
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Posted by: KDS on October 15, 2012 11:27 AM
18. KDS-Leftists have no problem voting for the same incompetent, ineffective, idiots over and over...cases-in-point: Jim McDermott, Patty Murray, Jay Inslee, Norm Dicks, Christine Gregoire.

But then again who ever accused leftists themselves of being competent, effective or intelligent?

Posted by: Saltherring on October 15, 2012 03:35 PM
19. @19 - Go back to watching Dancing with the stars...

Posted by: KDS on October 15, 2012 10:51 PM
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