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ACUF’s 2017 Ratings of Maryland Show Big Government States Hinder Freedom and Prosperity

September 27, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its ratings for the 2017 meeting of the Maryland General Assembly. These ratings, a portion of the comprehensive and nationwide ratings released by the ACUF, are designed to reflect how elected officials view the role of government and are helpful in illustrating how both chambers of the legislature as well as individual members’ prioritize a wide variety of issue areas that directly affect Marylanders.

The ACUF has reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both the Senate and House of Delegates to produce average scores for each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member.

Maryland legislators took pen to paper on various issues during the 2017 legislative session including Second Amendment rights, taxpayer funded abortions, welfare, immigration, and school choice. Most notably, they:

Most troublesome, the Maryland state House overrode Governor Hogan’s decision to veto a bill that would keep failing schools from obtaining additional resources and funding, thereby weakening school accountability and school choice across the state.

Though the two chambers worked hand-in-hand to pass legislation this year, the legislation passed sadly strengthens the role of big government in a state that has continued to struggle against the negative effects of government overreach for many years. Scores from both chambers decreased from last year’s ratings, suggesting that the legislative body has a lot of room for improvement. The Maryland Senate’s average score decreased by 2% this year – from 26% in 2016 to 24% in 2017 – and the House’s score decreased by 5% – from 33% in 2016 to 28% this year.

To view the 2017 Ratings of Maryland, click here.

For questions or media inquiries regarding ACUF state ratings, email Jackie Anderson, Director of Policy and Public Affairs for the American Conservative Union Foundation, at [email protected].

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