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Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

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Empower Texans, a Texas-based public policy organization, produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[1] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session. Empower Texans seeks to "to create and sustain a system of strong fiscal stewardship within all levels of Texas government."[2]

2013 report

According to the 2013 report, the average rating of a legislator in the Texas House of Representatives was 46.92. For House Democrats, the average rating was 18.69, while House Republicans averaged 63.08.[3] The average rating of the Texas State Senate was 58.03. The Senate Democrats averaged a score of 40.83, while the Senate Republicans averaged a score of 68.90[3]

For the state legislature as a whole, the average rating was 48.82. The average rating for Democrats in the legislature was 22.66 while Republicans in the legislature averaged 64.05.[3]

The five highest-scoring Republicans and Democrats in the state House include:

The five highest-scoring Republicans and Democrats in the state Senate include:

The five lowest-scoring Republicans and Democrats in the state House include:

The five lowest-scoring Republicans and Democrats in the state Senate include:

2011 report

Out of 150 members of the Texas House of Representatives, twenty representatives received the highest grade of A+, while fifty-two representatives received the lowest grade of F.

Out of 31 members of the Texas State Senate, three state senators received the highest grade of A+, while eighteen state senators received the lowest grade of F.

Methodology

Texans for Fiscal Responsibility (TFR), which created the Fiscal Responsibility Index, notifies lawmakers and the public in advance its stance on the issues to be rated before votes are taken on the floor of the legislature. TFR specifies the relevant bill numbers and amendments so that lawmakers and citizens can track what TFR views as important to its score calculations.[3] These notices will appear on the TFR website during the legislative session, as well as through e-mail and social media. The Index gives a slight weight to votes on bills related to budget and tax issues. Legislators will also receive "extra credit" for sponsoring bills related to TFR's legislative priorities.

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