March 1, 2017
WASHINGTON DC – The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU) released its 2016 ratings of the Massachusetts General Court. In our third year of rating the state, ACU found that Republican legislators voted less conservatively compared to last year, with the overall Republican average decreasing by 10.5 points– from 76 out of 100 in 2015, to 65.5 out of 100 in 2016.
“The Massachusetts’ legislature continued to reject fiscal discipline or any respect for the free-market during the 2016 session,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “Despite Governor Baker’s best effort to rein in the state’s out of control spending, the legislature overrode his line-item vetos and continued to increase the growing debt on the backs of taxpayers.”
The heavily Democratic-controlled legislature introduced numerous harmful pieces of legislation, including a “millionaire’s tax,” wasteful spending programs, and fees on ridesharing services, such as UBER, in order to subsidize taxi companies. Furthermore, some Republicans joined forces with Democrats in order to override some of the Governor’s minor budgetary and funding cuts to certain special interest groups.
A detailed scorecard has been produced for all 50 state legislative bodies across the full spectrum of conservative issues, with scores for over 7,400 individual legislators. ACU is the only organization in the nation to do this. Like our Congressional ratings that have been published for 45 consecutive years, ACU’s state ratings reflect how elected officials view the role of government in an individual’s life. Massachusetts legislators with the strongest scores consistently voted with the ideals articulated in the U.S. Constitution.
New in this year’s ratings are references to how legislation impacts families based on the ACU Foundation’s new Family Prosperity Index. Also highlighted are issues ACU Foundation’s policy centers and Senior Fellows focus on.
To view our Massachusetts ratings guide, visit http://acuratings.conservative.org/state-ratings-2016/ and click on Massachusetts.
ACU researches and selects a wide range of bills that reflect a member’s adherence to conservative principles, whether they be economic, social, cultural, or government integrity. Legislators who score above 80% in each state receive awards for their commitment to conservative principles. As President Ronald Reagan stated, “The person who agrees with you 80% of the time is an ally.”
The following Representatives and Senators will receive a 2016 ACU Ratings Award:
Representatives: BERTHIAUME, DeCOSTE, DIEHL, DOOLEY, DURANT, GIFFORD, HILL, HUNT, R., JONES, KANE, KUROS, LOMBARDO, LYONS, McKENNA, MIRRA, MURADIAN, O’CONNELL, ORRALL, and SMOLA
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