Conservative group issues legislative report card

The Mississippi chapter of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity has issued its first report card for state lawmakers, on their voting in the 2016 session.

While most Republican state legislators — who hold a supermajority in both the House and Senate — received an A or a B on the AFP’s 2016 Mississippi Legislature Scorecard, a few received a D or F. Most Democrats received F’s but the A’s were exclusively Republicans.

The grades were based on 32 House votes on bills or amendments and 27 votes on bills in the Senate. AFP said it chose the votes to score based on four “principles”: fairer taxes that allow taxpayers to keep more of what they earn, spending limited to core functions of government, fewer “job-killing and protectionist” regulations and more choice and innovation in education.

Clarion Ledger
9/26/16