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FREE-MARKET GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATION RELEASES SCORECARD ON AZ LEGISLATURE

June 26, 2014

AFP-Arizona Has Released Its 2014 Legislative Scorecard

PHOENIX — Today the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP-Arizona) released its 2014 Legislative Scorecard, which grades 300 bills and weights them according to their projected dollar impact to Arizona taxpayers, consumers and producers.  This year’s Scorecard is the 30th annual legislative report card published by AFP-Arizona and its predecessor organization, the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers.

AFP-Arizona’s 2014 Legislative Scorecard assigns heavy weights to bills dealing with the state budget, municipal taxation, the fate of revenue from a possible internet tax, personal property taxes, expansion of school choice scholarships for children, abolition of the state’s Inflation Tax, taxes on the use of electricity by manufacturers, criminal background checks for ObamaCare “navigators,” pension spiking by government employees, interstate purchase of health insurance,  reforms to the state’s Medicaid program, burdensome regulations on entrepreneurs and businesses – including innovative ridesharing services — and a ballot referendum that would protect the right of terminally ill patients to try investigational drugs that could save their lives.

“Arizona’s Legislators were very busy during the short 2014 session,” said AFP-Arizona director Tom Jenney.  “AFP-Arizona’s Scorecard provides the most comprehensive available guide to their performance with regard to economic freedom.”

The highest-scoring Legislator on AFP-Arizona’s 2014 Scorecard was Rep. Justin Olson (R-Mesa), with 84 percent, which earned him the designation of Champion of the Taxpayer.  The lowest-scoring Legislator on the 2014 Scorecard was Sen. Andrea Dalessandro (D-Tucson), with 18 percent, which earned her the designation of Champion of Big Government.

The average Republican Legislator earned 71 percent on this year’s Scorecard (“Friend of the Taxpayer”) and the average Democrat earned 31 percent (“Friend of Big Government”).

AFP-Arizona encourages taxpayer activists to look at elected officials’ cumulative averages on its Legislative Scorecards.  For some long-serving Legislators, the Scorecard has ten years of data, going back to 2005.

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