Linda Lingle, HI Haley Barbour, MS Mark Sanford, SC
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Butch Otter, ID Dave Heineman, NE Mike Rounds, SD
Bob Riley, AL M. Jodi Rell, CT Mitch Daniels, IN Jim Gibbons, NV Rick Perry, TX
Sarah Palin, AK Charlie Crist, FL Bobby Jindal, LA John Hoeven, ND Jon Huntsman, Jr., UT
Jan Brewer, AZ Sonny Perdue, GA Tim Pawlenty, MN Don Carcieri, RI Jim Douglas, VT i
fRom the chaiRman
G o o d P o l i c y. G o o d P o l i t i c s .
Our nation’s founders established America as a federal republic because they knew one-size-fits-all solutions almost
never work and the best ideas rarely come from a big, centralized national government. Their wisdom has been
reinforced time and again for more than two centuries.
Today, we find ourselves confronting a multitude of challenges, most of which the founders never could have
imagined. Nonetheless, I am certain that most of the answers will again be found far from the White House and halls
of Congress. Instead, the solutions of tomorrow are being developed and implemented today in state capitals from
Juneau to Tallahassee and Honolulu to Montpelier.
History has repeatedly proven that the best ideas are developed in the states because governors and state legislators
can craft policies specific to their unique circumstances. Governors are also able to learn from and improve upon the
successful policies undertaken in other states. In this manner, the best ideas rise to the top and transform the nation.
That’s what this book is all about. That’s what the RGA is all about.
We have compiled the best ideas and policies from all twenty-two states with Republican governors.
These ideas will not only impact our country, but they have the added potential of being able to help rebuild the GOP.
Republicans have always fared best as a Party when we focus on local and state issues while building
up from the grassroots level. It’s how we rebuilt the GOP in the early 1990’s, when governors
developed the ideas that allowed Republicans to retake control of Congress, and ultimately, the
White House. Now, with the Democrats controlling all of Washington, D.C., our Party is again
looking to governors for leadership. Fortunately, as this book shows, our governors are ready.
Governors are taking advantage of our unique position within the Republican Party as the
only leaders able to put forward and implement solutions to our nation’s most pressing
challenges. Powered by these ideas, and working with you, we are laying the
foundation from which to build a new majority.
fRom the vice chaiRman
G o o d P o l i c y. G o o d P o l i t i c s .
The American people want competent leaders who can grow new jobs and rebuild our economy. If Republicans
govern effectively and put sound policy first, we can answer that call.
While the Democrats control Washington, D.C., our governors are in a position to demonstrate the effectiveness
of Republican leadership. Fortunately, as detailed in this book, Republican governors have no shortage of good
policies and ideas.
Now is the time for our Party to look to its governors for solutions to our nation’s challenges. Relying on
governors for innovative ideas is how Republicans rebuilt in the 1990’s. We can use the same model today as
we work to revive our Party.
Within these pages are some of the best ideas on how to address the
difficult issues like healthcare, energy, and the economy. These ideas are also
the keys to a GOP comeback.
At their core, the majority of American people still believe in limited
government and conservatism. It is our job to abide by these principles as we
govern, while also helping to solve the people’s problems.
This book is about putting policy ahead of politics. Indeed, good policy
transforms the political process, which is why I believe many of the ideas
contained in this book are the building blocks to electoral success.
RGA Vice Chairman
about the Republican GoveRnoRs about the Republican
public policy committee GoveRnoRs association
The RGPPC makes sure that the senior staff and policy experts for each Governor get to know each other and The RGA is the only political organization solely dedicated to electing more Republican governors. We believe
share their very best ideas. When you survey the nation for innovative ideas, you don’t find many coming from that governors are the key to a political comeback for the GOP and to making sure that the best free-market,
Washington, D.C. But in the states you see tort reform, tax reform, education, energy and healthcare issues pro-growth, limited government ideas are implemented across the country.
being tackled head-on.
The 37 gubernatorial elections taking place next year are an opportunity to reclaim a majority of governorships
Governors are the only Republicans able to enact effective, conservative ideas while the Democrats control and broaden our Party’s boundaries to places where we have lost our competitive edge. We can expand
Washington, and the policies our governors are implementing in their states can become models for the the political map to include more states in regions like New England, the Mid-Atlantic, the Great Lakes, the
country. Midwest, the Mountain West and more. Of course, we also know it is vital that we remain in control of the states
we currently hold.
Republican governors know they will not always agree with each other completely on every issue. But they are
Legislative redistricting, which will occur following the 2010 census, only magnifies the importance of winning
united in the belief that the states are the best incubators from which to develop solutions to our country’s
the upcoming elections. Redistricting has a major impact on the nation’s politics and governors in many states
most pressing challenges. Over time, the best ideas each governor is putting forward in his or her own state
have tremendous influence on redrawing the legislative map.
will take hold in other states and in Washington, D.C. In this manner, Republican governors will solve the
challenges facing our country. Our 22 governors and the RGA staff understand everything that’s at stake and have worked hard this cycle to
amass record resources for these races. Consequently, we are prepared to spend an unprecedented amount of
money to make gains in 2010.
However, we also know that money alone does not guarantee victory in governors’ races. We cannot simply run
States Electing a Governor in 2010 advertisements defining our opposition as ‘liberals’ and hope that will be enough to win.
We must offer ideas that address the challenges facing our states and bring new policy solutions to the voters.
The RGA and the Republican Governors Public Policy Committee will be resources for our candidates in this
This book outlines many of the best ideas of our current governors and provides our candidates with a solid
foundation from which to develop the next generation of Republican solutions.
Our goal by the end of 2010 is to have not only redrawn the political map, but also to have established a new
class of Republican leaders that our Party, and our country, will trust to solve our most pressing challenges.
The RGA will do everything we can to aid our candidates and their campaigns in the coming months, and we
look forward to Election Night in 2010, when we will win back a majority of America’s governorships.
- Nick Ayers, Executive Director
contents NEBRASKA GOVERNOR DAVE HEINEMAN
NEVADA GOVERNOR JIM GIBBONS
mAkinG eduCATion A PRioRiTy
NORTH DAKOTA GOVERNOR JOHN HOEVEN eduCATion equiTy And AdequACy fundinG
economic develoPment & joBs 1- 81 TEXAS GOVERNOR RICK PERRY TexAs eduCAToR exCellenCe AwARds PRoGRAm 141-142
ALABAMA GOVERNOR BOB RILEY AlABAmA BRoAdBAnd iniTiATiVe - “ConneCTinG UTAH GOVERNOR JON HUNTSMAN, JR 21sT CenTuRy woRkfoRCe iniTiATiVe 143-145
21sT CenTuRy joBs iniTiATiVe 9-13
CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CommuniTy sTABilizATion Home loAn PRoGRAm 15-18 enerGy & environment 146 -193
GEORGIA GOVERNOR SONNY PERDUE woRk ReAdy 19-24
ALASKA GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN ClimATe CHAnGe suB-CABineT 149-153
IDAHO GOVERNOR C.L. “BUTCH” OTTER PRojeCT 60 iniTiATiVe 25-27 AGiA GAsline PRojeCT 155-159
INDIANA GOVERNOR MITCH DANIELS mAjoR moVes 29-30 CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER HydRoGen HiGHwAy 161-166
TeleCom/Video RefoRm 31-34
CONNECTICUT GOVERNOR M. JODI RELL ConneCTiCuT eneRGy Vision 167-171
LOUISIANA GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL 2008 eConomiC HiGHliGHTs 35-39
FLORIDA GOVERNOR CHARLIE CRIST eneRGy And eConomiC deVeloPmenT 173-175
led 7 PRioRiTies 41-47
HAWAI‘I GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE eneRGy innoVATion 177-179
MINNESOTA GOVERNOR TIM PAWLENTY dRiVe To exCellenCe 49-54
joBz PRoGRAm 55-61 MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR eneRGy 181-192
MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR CReATinG moRe And BeTTeR joBs 63-65 NEBRASKA GOVERNOR DAVE HEINEMAN moVinG foRwARd on eneRGy 183-185
NEBRASKA GOVERNOR DAVE HEINEMAN exPloRinG new AG oPPoRTuniTies ABRoAd 67-69 NEVADA GOVERNOR JIM GIBBONS RenewABle eneRGy TRAnsmission line
THe neBRAskA suPeR AdVAnTAGe 71-74 PRoduCTion 187-189
UTAH GOVERNOR JON HUNTSMAN, JR eConomiC deVeloPmenT 75-77 UTAH GOVERNOR JON HUNTSMAN, JR eneRGy seCuRiTy 191-193
VERMONT GOVERNOR JIM DOUGLAS smARTVeRmonT: eConomiC deVeloPmenT
healthcare 194 -233
FLORIDA GOVERNOR CHARLIE CRIST CoVeR floRidA HeAlTH CARe 197-200
education 82-145 IDAHO GOVERNOR C.L. “BUTCH” OTTER GoVeRnoR’s seleCT CommiTTee on HeAlTH CARe 201-204
CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER diGiTAl TexTBook iniTiATiVe 85-89 INDIANA GOVERNOR MITCH DANIELS HeAlTHy indiAnA PlAn 205-209
CONNECTICUT GOVERNOR M. JODI RELL ConneCTiCuT eduCATion imPRoVemenT 91-92 MINNESOTA GOVERNOR TIM PAWLENTY quAliTy CARe And RewARdinG exCellenCe
GEORGIA GOVERNOR SONNY PERDUE diffeRenTiATed mATH And sCienCe TeACHeR PAy 93-95 (qCARe) 211-214
inVesTinG in eduCATionAl exCellenCe (ie2) MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR HeAlTH CARe 215-216
RHODE ISLAND GOVERNOR DONALD CARCIERI sTATewide mediCAid RefoRm: GloBAl ConsumeR
IDAHO GOVERNOR C.L. “BUTCH” OTTER idAHo eduCATion neTwoRk 101 CHoiCe ComPACT wAiVeR 217-219
INDIANA GOVERNOR MITCH DANIELS sCienCe, TeCHnoloGy, enGineeRinG And SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR MARK SANFORD smAll Business HeAlTH GRouP CooPeRATiVe 221-224
mATHemATiCs leARninG 103-106
UTAH GOVERNOR JON HUNTSMAN, JR. HeAlTH sysTem RefoRm 225-227
LOUISIANA GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL emPloy PRoGRAm 107-110
louisiAnA ViRTuAl sCHool 111-113 VERMONT GOVERNOR JIM DOUGLAS ComPReHensiVe HeAlTH RefoRm 229-233
lA 4 PRoGRAm 115-116
MINNESOTA GOVERNOR TIM PAWLENTY quAliTy ComPensATion foR TeACHeRs (q ComP) 117-123
MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR imPRoVinG eduCATion 125-127
PuBlic safety 234 -257 GOLDWATER INSTITUTE
CONNECTICUT GOVERNOR M. JODI RELL TAsk foRCe on Teen sAfe dRiVinG 237-240 GeTTinG ConTRol of sTATe sPendinG 329-330
GEORGIA GOVERNOR SONNY PERDUE AViATion AuTHoRiTy 241-242 endinG CoRPoRATe welfARe 331-333
TRAumA sysTem fundinG/”suPeR sPeedeR” deliVeRinG limiTed, effeCTiVe GoVeRnmenT And VAlue foR TAxPAyeRs 335-337
An ACT RelATinG To CReATinG A seARCHABle BudGeT dATABAse foR sTATe sPendinG - model
LOUISIANA GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL Gold sTAR in emeRGenCy mAnAGemenT 247-249 lAnGuAGe foR AleC 339-340
MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR sAfeR CommuniTies 251-252 loweRinG HeAlTH CARe CosTs And keePinG THe foCus on PATienTs 341-342
SOUTH DAKOTA GOVERNOR MIKE ROUNDS ConsolidATion of sTATe insPeCTion PRoGRAms 253-254 leAVinG A leGACy of BeTTeR sCHools 343-345
inTensiVe meTHAmPHeTAmine TReATmenT foR
femAle inmATes 255-257 TRAnsfoRm CiTies, Towns And CounTies inTo islAnds of eConomiC fReedom 347-348
loCAl liBeRTy CHARTeR 349
PRoTeCTinG THe RiGHT To VoTe By seCReT BAlloT 351-352
taxes & BudGetinG 258 -280 THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION
FLORIDA GOVERNOR CHARLIE CRIST PRoPeRTy TAx RefoRm 261-262 HeAlTHCARe 353
GEORGIA GOVERNOR SONNY PERDUE BudGeT BAlAnCinG: ReTiRemenT And HeAlTH eduCATion 353-354
BenefiT RefoRms 263-265
HomelAnd seCuRiTy 354-355
HAWAI‘I GOVERNOR LINDA LINGLE BAlAnCinG THe sTATe BudGeT 267-268
CuT CosTs 355-356
IDAHO GOVERNOR C.L. “BUTCH” OTTER zeRo-BAsed BudGeTinG 269-271
NORTH DAKOTA GOVERNOR JOHN HOEVEN ComPReHensiVe TAx Relief & RefoRm 273-276
SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR MARK SANFORD flAT TAx And full indexATion of THe TAx Code 277-278
PHAse ouT souTH CARolinA’s CoRPoRATe TAx 279-280
innovative conservative ideas 282- 358
AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH
THe CosTs of fAiluRe fACToRies in AmeRiCAn HiGHeR eduCATion By mARk sCHneideR 285-292
THRee RoAdBloCks on THe RoAd To HeAlTH RefoRm By RoBeRT B. Helms 293-295
fulfillinG THe PRomise of sCHool CHoiCe By fRedeRiCk m. Hess 297-302
ClimATe CHAnGe: CAPs Vs. TAxes By kenneTH P. GReen, sTeVen f. HAywARd, keVin A. HAsseTT 303-313
BiG Business: THe oTHeR enGine of eConomiC GRowTH By AlAn d. ViARd, Amy Roden 315-319
HeAlTH CARe 323-324
lAnd use 325-326
ReAl id And idenTifiCATion PoliCy 327-328
development & Jobs
Republican Governors are working to build stronger economies by creating
and protecting our jobs.
The following pages outline some of the approaches Republican Governors
like Bob Riley, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sonny Perdue, Butch Otter, Mitch
Daniels, Bobby Jindal, Tim Pawlenty, Dave Heineman, Jon Huntsman,
Jr. and Jim Douglas are taking to address the economic challenges
Americans face today.
of the Republican Governors