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ACU Foundation Announces Ratings for the 2016 meeting of the Pennsylvania General Assembly

January 11, 2017

WASHINGTON DC – The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU) released its 2016 ratings of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  In our fifth year of rating the state, ACU found that Republican legislators tended to vote less conservatively compared to last year, with the overall Republican average decreasing by 3.5 points– from 82 out of 100 in 2015, to 78.5 out of 100 in 2016.

“From expanding regulatory review to increasing oversight of collective bargaining for state employees, Pennsylvania made some good strides forward,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp.  “Unfortunately, Republicans who had held the line against tax increases in 2015 gave in to them this year.  We were disappointed to see Governor Wolf veto helpful conservative reforms, including a bill that would replace the seniority system for teacher’s furloughs, with a more fair system based on a teacher’s performance.”

A detailed scorecard has been produced for all 50 state legislative bodies across the full spectrum of conservative issues, with scores for over 8,000 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.  Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania ratings guide, visit http://acuratings.conservative.org/state-ratings-2016/ and click on Pennsylvania.

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: BLOOM, DIAMOND, DUNBAR, EMRICK, EVANKOVICH, FEE, GINGRICH, GROVE, HICKERNELL, HILL, IRVIN, KAUFFMAN, F. KELLER, KLUNK, NOWLES, LAWRENCE, MACKENZIE, MAHER, MALONEY, MARSICO, McGINNIS, MENTZER, METCALFE, METZGAR, MOUL, NELSON, NESBIT, ORTITAY, PICKETT, PYLE, RAPP, REESE, REGAN, ROAE, ROTHMAN, SACCONE, SAYLOR, SCHEMEL, SONNEY, TALLMAN, TOBASH, TOPPER, TRUITT, WARNER, and WENTLING

Senators: ARGALL, AUMENT, BAKER, BARTOLOTTA, BROOKS, EICHELBERGER, FOLMER, GORDNER, HUTCHINSON, RAFFERTY, RESCHENTHALER, SCARNATI, SMUCKER, STEFANO, VOGEL, WAGNER, WARD, and YAW

With your help, ACU hopes to present the 2016 awards to those Representatives and Senators who scored above 80% in the near future.  For more information contact Amanda Bunning at (202) 347-9388 or by email at abunning@conservative.org.

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