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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  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 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.

Link to Scorecard pdf


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