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The 10 Worst GOP Governors: What Horrors Did They Unleash in 2012?

Republican governors are still imposing slash-and-burn austerity policies on their populations, but the mainstream media isn't paying much attention.

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He's still defending the law—and almost brought it to bear on Detroit. (The city's public school system has been under emergency management for a while, but not the city itself.)

He also signed a “partial-birth abortion” ban ( duplicating the federal ban already on the books) just in case he wasn't keeping up his anti-choice creds as well as his neighbors.

Finally, while taking credit for the state's rise in personal incomes, Snyder's hacked the Earned Income Tax Credit for poor families, a move that will cost them an average of $700 a year. At the same time, corporate income taxes will drop by 83 percent. “Unless we restore the EITC, Michigan will soon tax the working poor deeper into poverty, instead of helping families climb into the middle-class,” Karen Holcomb-Merrill, policy director of the Michigan League for Human Services, told the Oakland Press.

2. Scott Walker, Wisconsin

We know you're sick of hearing about Scott Walker. Yes, he won his recall election and gets to stay in power—though it appears he won't have the state senate to do his bidding anymore, if election results in Racine hold.

So we'll make this short and just remind you that Walker may be in the news a lot more soon, if the John Doe investigation that's been underway in Wisconsin for a while is actually targeting the governor. He's been siphoning campaign money into a legal defense fund for the past seven weeks.

Something tells us we haven't heard the last of this. Nor of the movement that rose up in resistance to Walker's anti-union bill in the first place.

1. Rick Scott, Florida

Governor Scott, who reigns over the state synonymous with voter suppression and rigged elections in the minds of many Americans, is doing his best to live up to Florida tradition.

AlterNet's Steven Rosenfeld explained:

Progressive voting rights  groups and even county election supervisors from Scott’s  own party are saying the businessman-turned-governor’s latest gambit—claiming there are as many as 182,000 non-citizens among the state’s 11.2 million registered voters and having his appointed Secretary of State  send out an initial list of 2,600 names to be purged—has crossed a line in the Florida sand, topping previous voter suppression efforts, and may violate two federal voting right laws.

The Justice Department told Scott to stop purging voters, and several voters have been reinstated, but the GOP has no plans to actually give up its purge -- Steve Rosenfeld reports that Florida is making all sorts of bizarre accusations against DoJ officials who are simply trying to uphold the law.

And while many states and municipalities refuse to require that companies which receive tax subsidies pay a decent wage, Scott and his friends in the Florida state legislature have gone one better and actually inserted language into a tax-break package  that would “require businesses that receive the tax credits to certify that they do not employ union workers.”

Democrats said the anti-union portion of the bill was unconstitutional; in reply, the bill's sponsor said, “Yeah, there may be a judge somewhere who disagrees about whether or not it’s constitutional. So you’re just going to let some judge who might call it on you later on stop you from helping Floridians in some way?” 

 

Sarah Jaffe is an associate editor at AlterNet, a rabblerouser and frequent Twitterer. You can follow her at @sarahljaffe.

 
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