Grading Our Governors: A Report Card on Reopening States’ Economies

FreedomWorks and the Committee to Unleash Prosperity announce the release of a new report: Grading Our Governors: A Report Card on Reopening States’ Economies.

This report grades the nation’s governors on how they have, and are continuing to, respond
to the coronavirus. Taking into account the severity of the virus in each state and the need
to keep their citizens safe and healthy, we assess how measured or damaging their actions
have been with respect to safeguarding the economic well-being of their citizens. We
examine lockdown orders, business closures, hospital and outdoor activity orders, and the
degree of punitive actions on enforcing these measures. Most importantly, we measure the
start dates for reopening in each state as the evidence is very strong that states with late
start dates will have much more severe recessions than states that open earlier.

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