Are your legislators Friends of the Taxpayer?
Or Champions of BIG Government?
Find out! View the 2016 Scorecard Website HERE
The Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP-Arizona) has released its 2016 Legislative Scorecard, which is the 33rd annual legislative report card published by AFP-Arizona and its predecessor organization, the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers.
(For scorecards on county and city officials, check out our Local Government Scorecard.)
The scorecard assigns weights to over 300 bills according to their projected dollar impact to Arizona taxpayers, consumers and producers, with $1 million equaling one point on the scorecard. AFP-Arizona’s 2016 Legislative Scorecard assigns the heaviest weight to the budget bill crafted by Governor Doug Ducey and legislative leaders. The Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget was scored according to how many millions of dollars the Legislature and Governor voted to spend above $9.4 billion — including supplemental spending increases to the FY 2015-2016 budget.
The most heavily weighted bills this legislative session were the Truth in Spending budget transparency reform, the legalization of online sharing economy lodging, the protection of free speech with campaign finance reform, property tax transparency for school districts, education savings accounts expansion, prosperity districts, and pension reform. As it has done in past years, AFP-Arizona also grades legislators and the governor on missed opportunities: important reform bills that are prevented from reaching floor votes in the House or Senate.
The highest-scoring legislator on AFP-Arizona’s 2016 Scorecard was Sen. Steve Smith, with 70 percent, which earned him the designation of “Friend of the Taxpayer.” The lowest-scoring legislator on the 2016 Scorecard was Rep. Charlene Fernandez, with 14 percent, which earned her the designation of “Champion 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 12 years of data, going back to 2005.
Read the 2016 Scorecard Booklet HERE.
SCORECARDS FROM PRIOR YEARS:
To obtain the full spreadsheet for the 2016 Legislative Scorecard or past scorecard spreadsheets, email Tom Jenney at tjenney at afphq dot org.