BIPEC grades: business tool or ‘partisan ploy’?

As usual, the Business and Industry Political Education Committee gave Republicans mostly high grades, Democrats lower grades. These were based on their votes on 19 bills this year. The bills were mostly tax breaks, anti-business regulation and lawsuit-protection measures and included a $415 million multiyear tax cut, the largest tax cut in state history. Sen. Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, was the only Democrat to receive an A, although eight Senate and 24 House Republicans failed to receive the top grade and a “Business and Jobs Champion” designation.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn praised the lawmakers gathered at the Capitol for a news conference and photo session with BIPEC leaders. They said the A-graded lawmakers are those willing to make “tough decisions” and votes.