Are Your Elected Officials Friends of Big Government?
Below are links to AFP-Arizona’s 2012 Legislative Scorecard, and to scorecards from earlier years. (We have also posted below a link to AFPF-Arizona’s FY 2013 and FY 2012 Local Government Scorecards, which have cumulative scores for incumbents going back to FY 2008.) We encourage activists to be sure to look at elected officials’ cumulative averages — as even the best elected official can have a bad year! The 2012 Legislative Scorecard is the 28th annual report card released by AFP-Arizona, which was formerly the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers. More about the 2012 Scorecard is posted below these links to recent scorecards:
– For AFP Foundation-Arizona’s FY 2013 and FY 2012 Local Government Scorecards, with cumulative scores going back to FY 2008, use THIS LINK
In 2012, AFP-Arizona was disappointed by the continuing failure of the Legislature and Governor to pass a meaningful spending limit. Arizona’s deficit crisis was caused by out-of-control state spending during the Napolitano years, but the Legislature and Governor have thus far failed to take effective measures to prevent future spending binges.
Low scores for House Republicans in 2012 were mainly due to their collective failure to put adequate pressure on House Speaker Andy Tobin of Prescott. Tobin, who originally earned the designation of Friend of Big Government* for his efforts, was largely responsible for killing several important pieces of legislation that passed the Senate — reforms such as Paycheck Protection — that would have reined in the power of government employee unions.
The very few bright spots in the 2012 session included: banking $450 million to cushion the fiscal drop when the Brewer Tax expires in the summer of 2013; passing a bill to restrain the power of city government employee unions by moving municipal elections to November; passing a phased-in reduction of the state’s capital gains tax; and, enacting some modest expansions of school choice.
For the second year in a row, the Scorecard’s top scorer was Senator Andy Biggs of Gilbert. Senators Lori Klein of Anthem and Ron Gould of Mohave County had the highest cumulative averages for the legislative sessions since 2005.
AFP-Arizona graded over 150 tax, budget and regulatory bills from the 2012 regular session, giving weight to bills according to their projected dollar impact to taxpayers, consumers and producers in Arizona.