Colorado receives ‘A’ grade for its coronavirus reopening strategy

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Published Wednesday, May 20, 2020
by The Center Square

Colorado earned a grade of "A" for how its economic reopening is proceeding in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a ranking by groups that promote economic prosperity.

The grade is based on the leadership of Democratic Gov. Jared Polis, the analysis by the Committee to Unleash Prosperity and FreedomWorks reports. The report assessed the potential damage state actions are doing to the economic well-being of residents and in particular how late reopening dates may cause more severe economic downturns.

The analysis rejects the claim that governors who keep their states closed through stay-at-home orders are truly protecting the well-being of citizens, even as the virus has killed more than 80,000 Americans.

"Even from a public health standpoint, the very negative effects from job loss, poverty, business failure and so on are causing social pathologies to soar - suicides, depression, stress, heart attack, spousal and child abuse cases, drug overdoses, alcohol abuse, financial ruin and deprivation," the report states.

The number of reported Covid-19 cases and death rates have slowed nationwide, and the overall curve seems to have flattened, the report claims. 

Covid-19 Reopening Grades by Jurisdiction

State / Territory

Governor / Mayor

Grade

Colorado

Jared Polis (D)

A

Florida

Ron DeSantis (R)

A

Georgia

Brian Kemp (R)

A

Iowa

Kim Reynolds (R)

A

Nebraska

Pete Ricketts (R)

A

Oklahoma

Kevin Stitt (R)

A

South Dakota

Kristi Noem (R)

A

Tennessee

Bill Lee (R)

A

Wyoming

Mark Gordon (R)

A

Alabama

Kay Ivey (R)

B

Alaska

Mike Dunleavy (R)

B

Arkansas

Asa Hutchinson (R)

B

Louisiana

John Bel Edwards (D)

B

Mississippi

Tate Reeves (R)

B

Missouri

Mike Parson (R)

B

Montana

Steve Bullock (D)

B

North Dakota

Doug Burgum (R)

B

South Carolina

Henry McMaster (R)

B

Texas

Greg Abbott (R)

B

Utah

Gary Herbert (R)

B

Arizona

Doug Ducey (R)

C

Idaho

Brad Little (R)

C

Indiana

Eric Holcomb (R)

C

Kentucky

Andy Beshear (D)

C

Massachusetts

Charlie Baker (R)

C

Minnesota

Tim Walz (D)

C

Nevada

Steve Sisolak (D)

C

New Hampshire

Chris Sununu (R)

C

New York

Andrew Cuomo (D)

C

Ohio

Mike DeWine (R)

C

Vermont

Phil Scott (R)

C

California

Gavin Newsom (D)

D

Connecticut

Ned Lamont (D)

D

Delaware

John Carney (D)

D

Hawaii

David Ige (D)

D

Illinois

J.B. Pritzker (D)

D

Kansas

Laura Kelly (D)

D

Maine

Janet Mills (D)

D

Maryland

Larry Hogan (R)

D

Michigan

Gretchen Whitmer (D)

D

New Mexico

Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)

D

North Carolina

Roy Cooper (D)

D

Oregon

Kate Brown (D)

D

Rhode Island

Gina Raimondo (D)

D

Washington

Jay Inslee (D)

D

West Virginia

Jim Justice (R)

D

District of Columbia

Muriel Bowser (D)

F

New Jersey

Phil Murphy (D)

F

Pennsylvania

Tom Wolf (D)

F

Virginia

Ralph Northam (D)

F

Wisconsin

Tony Evers (D)

F

Source: Committee to Unleash Prosperity

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