The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) today released the first ever Governors ranking, the 2020 Laffer-ALEC Report on Economic Freedom. The scorecard ranks America’s 50 governors based on policy performance and result, as well as executive leadership before and after the start of the COVID-19 health crisis. Gov. Reeves receives 3 out of 5 stars and ranks 29th overall. Gov. Reeves’ mission to lead Mississippi to a more pro-business climate will help continue the state’s recent employment growth.

“State executives implement policy and respond to crisis in dramatically different ways,” said Reagan Economist Dr. Arthur B. Laffer. “At such a critical decision point, voters need fact-based, nonpartisan data to judge their leaders and hold them accountable. The objective data voters need is all about economics, and it’s all found in this ranking.”

Each governor is awarded an overall rank, a results rank and a policy rank, which is expanded to list the exact criteria used so readers can clearly identify how their state leader stacks up and why. Governors and taxpayers can also use the criteria to determine state policy areas that need improvement, such as tax and spending policy, handling of federal funds from the CARES Act and economic competitiveness data. The 20 variables used to rank the governors equip readers, voters and taxpayers with an objective analysis so they can make an informed opinion.

This ranking shows that well-managed states and budgets have significantly helped states like Texas, Georgia and South Dakota.

“No state budget is managed like the other, but that’s because of the diversity in our states’ needs,” said Former Budget Director for Michigan, New York, Florida, California, Illinois and Alaska Donna Arduin. “That is why objective and nonpartisan data is critical to compare state leaders’ performances, built and backed up by empirical criteria. Any person should be able to see how their governor has led across the board without bias or agenda, and this  scorecard’s methodology was designed to do just that.”

The top ten and bottom ten governors for 2020 are:

Top Ten                           Bottom Ten

1. Greg Abbott, TX           41. Tom Wolf, PA
2. Brian Kemp, GA           42. John Bel Edwards, LA
3. Kristi Noem, SD           43. Michelle Lujan Grisham, NM
4. Pete Ricketts, NE          44. J.B. Pritzker, IL
5. Gary Herbert, UT          45. David Ige, HI
6. Ron DeSantis, FL          46. Gretchen Whitmer, MI
7. Bill Lee, TN                   47. Jim Justice, WV
8. Eric Holcomb, IN           48. Phil Murphy, NJ
9. Jared Polis, CO              49. Mike Dunleavy, AK
10. Chris Sununu, NH        50. Gina Raimondo, RI

View the full governors ranking here.

“Governor Reeves has made it his mission to continue to improve Mississippi’s business climate,” said ALEC Chief Economist Jonathan Williams. “Governor Reeves working with legislative leaders to make the Magnolia State more competitive for new jobs and investment will improve Mississippi’s standing relative to other states.”

The scorecard is authored by Reagan Economist Dr. Arthur B. Laffer, lead researcher Donna Arduin, economic policy expert Stephen Moore and ALEC Chief Economist Jonathan Williams. The authors intend this report to serve as a guide for consumers as they make decisions about their state’s future.


Release from the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC is the largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state legislators in the United States.