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American Conservative Union Foundation Announces Ratings for the 2016 meeting of the Michigan Legislature

April 18, 2017

WASHINGTON DC – The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU) released its 2016 ratings of the Michigan Legislature. In our fifth year of rating the state, ACU found that the conservatism of the legislators fell slightly by 1.5 points – from 57.5 out of 100 in 2015, to 56 out of 100 in 2016.

“Republicans took strong steps in working to prevent the human tragedy of abortion,” said ACU Executive Director Dan Schneider. “The passage of bills making it illegal to coerce a women into having an abortion or sell an aborted fetus will help protect the sanctity of life.”

“On a less positive note, there were also bills that unnecessarily expanded the role of government by establishing new occupational licensing requirements, which reduce competition and ultimately harm consumers. In addition, utility ratepayers will pay more for their electricity than they ought to due to a bill that scraps coal-fired power plants for renewable energy,” said Schneider.

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 state legislators and members of Congress. 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.  Michigan 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 Michigan ratings guide, visit http://acuratings.conservative.org/state-ratings-2016/ and click on Michigan.

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 percent of the time is a friend and an ally – not a 20 percent traitor.”

The following Representatives and Senators will receive a 2016 ACU Ratings Award:

Representatives: BARRETT, CALLTON, CANFIELD, CHATFIELD, COLE, COX, GLARDON, GLENN, GOIKE, GRAVES, HOOKER, IDEN, JENKINS, JOHNSON, KELLY, LAUWERS, LEUTHEUSER, MILLER, A., MUXLOW, NESBITT, PRICE, RENDON, RUNESTAD, SOMERVILLE, TEDDER, THEIS, VAUPEL, VerHEULEN and WHITEFORD

Senators: COLBECK, EMMONS and PAVLOV

For more information contact Fred McGrath at (202) 347-9388 or by email at fmcgrath@conservative.org

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