Two Competing Visions

Iowa has the highest-rated governor in the nation, but the Des Moines Register Editorial Board wants a governor who will spend, spend, spend. 


The Cato Institute has released its 2022 Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors. Iowa’s Kim Reynolds was not only one of just five governors who received an A grade from Cato, but this data-driven report calculated her score as the highest in the nation! Since 2008, this report has graded the fiscal policies of our nation’s governors from a limited-government perspective using seven variables.

On the other hand, the Des Moines Register Editorial Board sees things exactly the opposite. In their endorsement of Democrat Deidre DeJear, the Register admits that they prefer a governor who will advocate for a much larger, more expansive government that spends more of our tax dollars.

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