Taxpayers League of Minnesota Announces Release of 2017 Scorecard, Awards
Taxpayers League of Minnesota Announces
Release of 2017 Scorecard, Awards
Contact: Ted Lillie
October 24, 2017
Ph: (651) 888-4488
ST. PAUL – The Taxpayers League of Minnesota is today releasing its 2017 annual Legislative Scorecard.
The League’s Legislative Scorecard rates legislators on their votes for the prosperity of Minnesota families and businesses, to reduce government spending, promote government efficiency, less onerous regulation, and in favor of property rights and free markets.
This year, the scorecard features on its front one legislator who was awarded “Best Friend of the Taxpayer” who scored 100% by voting against increased spending, burdensome regulation and increased taxes during the 2017 legislative session. Three legislators who scored 87 and above are denoted “Friend of the Taxpayer.” 11 House members and 1 Senator scored 80% and above, and we designated them an “Honorable Mention.” (See list below.)
On the scorecard, we also note which legislators who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: a promise that they “will oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes.” It asks legislators to promise their constituents and the state of Minnesota, not to increase taxes. The pledge can be found on the scorecard and also on our website at taxpayersleague.org/pledge. We update that list as we receive signatures and also include non-incumbent candidates who have signed the pledge.
The 2017 scorecard is available online at taxpayersleague.org/scorecard along with links to past scorecards. It is being sent to all of the League’s members across Minnesota.
The scorecard also contains a summary of the 2017 legislative session including the list of the Governor’s 5 ultimatums which he issued upon defunding the legislature, a conflict which is now in a legal process with the State Supreme Court.
“This year we saw an improvement in the scores overall,” said Ted Lillie, President of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota. “The legislature came together with a bi-partisan tax bill with several key components that we considered taxpayer, small business, and job-growth friendly.” “It’s unfortunate that the Governor is fighting in the courts for a do-over of parts of the tax bill as well as Education reform. The bills only contain what his commissioners accepted and what he signed, Lillie added.
Celebrating its 20th year, The Taxpayers League has been standing up for Minnesota taxpayers by championing lower taxes, limited government, local control, and free enterprise through nonpartisan grassroots advocacy and full empowerment of taxpaying citizens.
100% - Best Friend of the Taxpayer
Rep. Cal Bahr, 31B - East Bethel
87% and above – Friends of the Taxpayer
Rep. Eric Lucero, District 30B - Dayton
Rep. Drew Christiansen, District 56A - Savage
Rep. Mary Franson, 8B - Alexandria
80% and above – Honorable Mention
Rep. Steve Drazkowski, District 21B - Mazeppa
Rep. Glen Gruenhagen, 18B - Glencoe
Rep. Jeff Howe, 13A - Rockville
Rep. Ron Kresha, 9B - Little Falls
Rep. Jim Newberger, - 15B Becker
Rep. Marion O’Neill, 60B - Maple Lake
Majority Leader, Rep. Joyce Peppin 34A - Rogers
Rep. Cindy Pugh, 33B - Chanhassen
Rep Duane Quam, 25A - Byron
Rep. Peggy Scott, 35B - Andover
Rep. Abigail Whelan, 35A - Ramsey
Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, District 30- Big Lake