March 28, 2017
WASHINGTON DC – The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU) released its 2016 ratings of the New York Legislature. In our second 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 6.5 points– from 70 out of 100 in 2015, to 63.5 out of 100 in 2016.
“Will New York ever learn?” asked ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “Both chambers passed a bill hiking the minimum wage to $15 an hour, making it tougher for businesses to provide jobs. New York’s general disregard for pro-growth economic policies and entrepreneurship have led to a high cost of living and growing dependence on government services for those who can’t afford skyrocketing costs. Legislators seem more focused on manipulating the price of houses and gasoline, or regulating toys and lightbulbs than creating an atmosphere that provides economic opportunity for all,” said Schlapp.
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. New York 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 New York ratings guide, visit http://acuratings.conservative.org/state-ratings-2016/ and click on New York.
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:
Assembly Members: FITZPATRICK, FRIEND, LALOR, and NOJAY
For more information contact Fred McGrath at (202) 347-9388 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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