Rating Group: The Cato Institute

2006 Tax Score

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State Office Name Party Rating
ME State Senate - 9 Joseph Baldacci Democratic 59%
NA U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack 57%
NA U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm 57%
ND U.S. Senate - Sr John Hoeven Republican 60%
SD U.S. Senate - Jr Mike Rounds Republican 66%
UT U.S. Senate - Jr Mitt Romney Republican 60%
WV U.S. Senate - Sr Joe Manchin III Democratic 60%
Haley Barbour 59%
Rod Blagojevich 55%
Kathleen Blanco 49%
Matthew Blunt 63%
Phil Bredesen 68%
Jeb Bush 65%
Don Carcieri 60%
Mitch Daniels, Jr. 53%
Jim Douglas 63%
Jim Doyle III 58%
Michael Easley 47%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 60%
Ernest Fletcher 63%
Dave Freudenthal 54%
Chris Gregoire 49%
Kenny Guinn 58%
Dave Heineman 64%
Brad Henry 55%
Mike Huckabee 45%
Jon Huntsman, Jr. 73%
Ted Kulongoski 51%
Linda Lingle 57%
John Lynch 58%
Mark Middleton 49%
Ruth Minner 54%
Janet Napolitano 55%
Bill Owens 49%
George Pataki 55%
Tim Pawlenty 59%
Sonny Perdue 59%
Rick Perry 66%
Jodi Rell 52%
Ed Rendell 57%
Bill Richardson 60%
Bob Riley 52%
Mark Sanford, Jr. 62%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 51%
Brian Schweitzer 68%
Kathleen Sebelius 59%
Bob Taft 55%