Average Score of Lawmakers Plummets to 26 Percent

ACUF Releases 2018 Scores of New Mexico Legislature

Alexandria, VA—The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its ratings of the 2018 meeting of the New Mexico Legislature. ACUF’s Ratings—both federal and state—are an initiative of ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability. These ratings are designed to reflect how over 8,000 of the nation’s elected officials view the role of government and illustrate the differences between chambers of the legislature, while revealing lawmakers’ positions on a wide variety of issues that directly affect New Mexicans.

ACUF reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both the Senate and House to produce average scores of each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member. According to ACUF’s Year in Review, the New Mexico Legislature’s overall conservative score fell significantly compared to the 2017 session (from 36.46 percent to 26.54 percent).

New Mexico legislators voted on key issues during the 2018 session. In one or both chambers, they voted to create a loophole to expand Medicaid, amend the New Mexico Constitution in order to raid the permanent fund, and approve the use of the first budget surplus in many years for significant pay raises for state officials.

“Liberals of the New Mexico Legislature harmed the ability of patients to choose the insurance plans that best suit their families when they created a loophole to expand Medicaid without voter approval,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “What’s more, the legislature appears to have a short memory for the tax-and-spend policies that saddled the state with over $6 billion of debt. In the 2018 session, they voted to use a rare budget surplus to award themselves comfortable raises. Will they ever learn?”

The average score for Republican New Mexico House Representatives was just 58 percent, while Rep. Kevin Cook was the only representative who earned an award for scoring 80 percent or better. The average score for Republican New Mexico Senators was 39 percent, while not a single senator earned an award for the 2018 session. The overall average for the New Mexico Legislature was 26.54 percent.

Click Here to view the 2018 Ratings of New Mexico online and Click Here to visit our website.

For questions or media inquiries regarding ACUF state ratings, email Luke Schneider, Public Affairs Coordinator for the American Conservative Union Foundation, at lschneider@conservative.org.

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