By Malia Zimmerman | Hawaii Reporter
HONOLULU — As the public grows more and more dissatisfied with the partisan gridlock, growing deficit and record spending in Washington D.C., the best chance for fiscal reform may be at the state level.
That’s the assessment by Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute and editor of www.DownsizingGovernment.org, which released a report Tuesday, ranking the best and worst governors in the nation in terms of fiscal management.
Just four governors received an A grade: Sam Brownback of Kansas, Rick Scott of Florida, Paul LePage of Maine and Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania.
Meanwhile, five governors received Fs, including Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
Hawaii is one of the overall highest taxed states in the nation, and under Abercrombie, taxes have increased and may be on the rise again in the 2013 legislative session.