Gov. Corbett “Doing A Good Job” According to Governing Magazine
Governing Magazine has declared Tom Corbett as one of six governors who is “doing well,” in a report published February 15th.
The 26 rookie governors throughout the country included in Louis Jacobson’s analysis were judged based upon expert testimony in each state, news coverage of their time in office, popularity levels and how much of their agendas were placed into practice. Each governor was then designated as being in one of four categories: “doing very well,” “doing well,” “mixed results,” and “struggling.”
In the second of a four-article installment, Corbett joined Governors Susan Martinez (NM), John Kitzhabler (OR), Brian Sandoval (NV), Bill Haslam (TN) and Nathan Deal (GA) who have been “doing well” since taking office in 2011.
Here’s what Jacobson had to say about Corbett:
“Corbett has earned accolades for cutting the state budget — on time and without raising taxes — while also enacting a series of smaller policies like limited tort reform, making texting while driving illegal and allowing Pennsylvanians to cast votes on proposed property tax hikes. He also has won plaudits for his handling of two difficult tasks: the response to major floods along the Susquehanna River last summer and the alleged child sex abuse scandal at Penn State, which he had secretly overseen as attorney general before winning the governorship. But Corbett has earned criticism for appearing to be too close to the natural gas industry on the question of how to tax and regulate fracking efforts. (A Quinnipiac poll last year found that 62 percent of voters feel the economic boost from natural gas drilling outweighs the environmental risks, but 64 percent support imposing a tax on the extraction. The Legislature recently sent him a compromise bill.) He’s also avoided, for the most part, high-stakes battles over labor rights — indeed, he approved a 10.75 percent wage increase for state workers over four years. As a result, he’s fared better with the public than hard-line conservative governors in other swing states, such as Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Ohio’s John Kasich. Corbett’s approval ratings stand — so far — at about 50 percent.”