September 25, 2017
ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its ratings for the 2017 meeting of the New Mexico Legislature. 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 New Mexicans.
The ACUF has reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both the Senate and House of Representatives to produce average scores for each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member.
New Mexico legislators took pen to paper on various issues during the 2017 legislative session including Second Amendment rights, tax increases, school choice, physician assisted suicide, and minimum wage. Most notably, they:
Though the two chambers worked hand-in-hand to pass legislation this year, scores from both chambers decreased drastically from last year’s ratings, suggesting that the legislative body has a lot of room for improvement. The New Mexico House’s average score decreased by 6% this year – from 50% in 2016 to 44% in 2017 – and the Senate’s score decreased by a whopping 28% – from 61% in 2016 to 33% this year.
Click here to view the 2017 ratings of New Mexico.
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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