Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2016 Tax Rate Score

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State Office Name Party Rating
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson Republican 48%
AZ Governor Doug Ducey Republican 48%
CO U.S. Senate - Jr John Hickenlooper Democratic 48%
FL U.S. Senate - Jr Rick Scott Republican 48%
HI Governor David Ige Democratic 48%
MA Governor Charlie Baker Republican 50%
MD Governor Larry Hogan, Jr. Republican 48%
NA U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo 46%
NE Governor Pete Ricketts Republican 48%
NH U.S. Senate - Jr Maggie Hassan Democratic 52%
OR Governor Kate Brown Democratic 48%
PA Governor Tom Wolf Democratic 43%
TX Governor Greg Abbott Republican 52%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 48%
Robert Bentley 46%
Terry Branstad 48%
Jerry Brown, Jr. 48%
Sam Brownback 38%
Phil Bryant 48%
Steve Bullock 48%
Chris Christie 48%
Andrew Cuomo 57%
Jack Dalrymple 67%
Dennis Daugaard 31%
Mark Dayton 47%
Nathan Deal 48%
Mary Fallin 60%
Nikki Haley 48%
Bill Haslam 48%
Gary Herbert 48%
John Kasich 63%
Paul LePage 65%
Dan Malloy 32%
Jack Markell 48%
Susana Martinez 65%
Terry McAuliffe 48%
Patrick McCrory 80%
Matt Mead 48%
Jay Nixon 48%
Butch Otter 48%
Mike Pence 74%
Bruce Rauner 48%
Brian Sandoval 39%
Peter Shumlin 45%
Rick Snyder 48%
Earl Tomblin 44%
Scott Walker 48%
State Office Name Party Rating
AR Governor Asa Hutchinson R 48%
AZ Governor Doug Ducey R 48%
CO U.S. Senate - Jr John Hickenlooper D 48%
FL U.S. Senate - Jr Rick Scott R 48%
HI Governor David Ige D 48%
MA Governor Charlie Baker R 50%
MD Governor Larry Hogan, Jr. R 48%
NA U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo 46%
NE Governor Pete Ricketts R 48%
NH U.S. Senate - Jr Maggie Hassan D 52%
OR Governor Kate Brown D 48%
PA Governor Tom Wolf D 43%
TX Governor Greg Abbott R 52%
WA Governor Jay Inslee D 48%
Robert Bentley 46%
Terry Branstad 48%
Jerry Brown, Jr. 48%
Sam Brownback 38%
Phil Bryant 48%
Steve Bullock 48%
Chris Christie 48%
Andrew Cuomo 57%
Jack Dalrymple 67%
Dennis Daugaard 31%
Mark Dayton 47%
Nathan Deal 48%
Mary Fallin 60%
Nikki Haley 48%
Bill Haslam 48%
Gary Herbert 48%
John Kasich 63%
Paul LePage 65%
Dan Malloy 32%
Jack Markell 48%
Susana Martinez 65%
Terry McAuliffe 48%
Patrick McCrory 80%
Matt Mead 48%
Jay Nixon 48%
Butch Otter 48%
Mike Pence 74%
Bruce Rauner 48%
Brian Sandoval 39%
Peter Shumlin 45%
Rick Snyder 48%
Earl Tomblin 44%
Scott Walker 48%
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