The new state legislature is about to start voting on legislation. Now would be a good time to look back at some key votes that the returning Republican legislators took in the previous 2013 - 2014 session.
I prepared a scorecard. I think it is pretty enlightening.
I chose ten votes for the Michigan House and Senate. Nine of them were the same bill, same language, in both chambers. The State Senate did not hold a roll call vote on the Common Core legislation, but I wanted to include it in the House scorecard, so I chose a tenth bill that the Senate voted on, but the House did not take it up (an $841 million authorization for universities to keep building buildings - that due to continued technology advances, at least half of them would be mothballed within ten years or less).
The scorecard can be found by clicking HERE.
The ten votes I chose are:
1. Medicaid Expansion
2. Sales Tax Hike from 6% to 7%
3. Vehicle Registration Increase
4. Corporate Welfare vote - Making Gov. Granholm's "blown away" $75 million subsidy program permanent
5. Corporate Welfare vote - Extending the Hollywood subsidies
6. Cyber-bullying bill that is often used to silence free speech
7. Detroit Bailout
8. Minimum Wage Hike
9. EITC increase (subsidy increase to low-income workers)
10. (Senate) Authorize $841 million in university construction
10. (House) End the prohibition on Common Core
To be clear, there were several thousand votes during the last two years. Getting a low score on this scorecard doesn't mean the legislator is a liberal...but I chose these ten votes, because I think they show a lot about either their views on conservative issues or how they hold up under intense pressure from special interests, the Governor and others.
The scorecard shows that the House was much more conservative during the last session. It also shows that based on these votes, the new House leadership is substantially more conservative than the new Senate leadership.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, we, you and I, need to be the ones who more publicly hold legislators accountable for their voting record. I would encourage you to utilize this scorecard to give some pointed questions to legislators and make sure they know that you will be watching them in the months and years to come. Going forward, this blog will be pointing out upcoming important votes, as well as good and bad legislation filed and votes cast. You may also find it useful to download the Mackinac Center's Votespotter app that will give real-time information and alerts on votes in Lansing.