The Taxpayers League of Minnesota Scorecard

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The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a Minnesota-based taxpayer advocacy organization, releases a legislative scorecard each year rating state legislators based on their tax policies and “their efforts to balance the state budget without a tax increase.” The scorecard was first released in 1999. In each year's update, the organization compiles a legislator’s individual "Lifetime Score.”[1]

The League describes its mission as "a nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots advocacy organization which fights for lower taxes and limited government." Additionally, the Taxpayer League works "to inform and activate citizens on the principles of a free market and individual economic liberty."[2]

2013 report

The Taxpayers League of Minnesota released its 2013 Legislative Scorecard in 2013, analyzing state legislators based on their tax policies and "taxpayer friendly" actions. It analyzed all 67 members of the Minnesota State Senate and all 134 members of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Republicans had the highest scores in both the Senate and the House, with 25 Republicans total receiving a score of 100 percent. In addition to ranking individual members, the report also named 13 members as “2013's Heroes of the Taxpayer.” The 13 members consisted of eight members of the House of Representatives and five Senators, all Republicans.

Trends

In the State Senate, every rated Republican scored over 54 percent, with the highest scoring Democrats scoring 15 percent. Average Democratic scores ranged from 0 to 15 percent and Republican scores ranging from 54 to 100 percent. Meanwhile, scores in the House of Representatives were identical. Scores decreased dramatically for Democrats compared to the 2012 scorecard. Democrats went from scoring from 0-57 percent to the highest scoring Democrat scoring 15 percent. Meanwhile, Republicans increased their lowest score, with the lowest score in 2013 being 54 percent compared to a 43 percent low score in 2012.

The top Republican and Democratic members of the state House considered most supportive of the Institute's values were:

Republican Officials

  1. Mark Anderson Republican Party
  2. Sarah Anderson Republican Party
  3. David FitzSimmons Republican Party
  4. Pat Garofalo Republican Party
  5. Tom Hackbarth Republican Party

Democratic Officials

  1. Tina Liebling Democratic Party
  2. Laurie Halverson Democratic Party
  3. Tim Faust Democratic Party
  4. Tim Mahoney Democratic Party
  5. Paul Rosenthal Democratic Party

The top Republican and Democratic members of the state Senate considered most supportive of the Institute's values were:

Republican Officials

  1. David Hann Republican Party
  2. Dave Thompson Republican Party
  3. Michelle Benson Republican Party
  4. David Osmek Republican Party
  5. Warren Limmer Republican Party

Democratic Officials

  1. Ann Rest Democratic Party
  2. Terri Bonoff Democratic Party
  3. Bev Scalze Democratic Party
  4. Melisa Franzen Democratic Party
  5. Vicki Jensen Democratic Party

The Republican and Democratic members of the state House considered least supportive of the Institute's values were:

Republican Officials

  1. Jim Abeler Republican Party
  2. Bob Gunther Republican Party
  3. Rod Hamilton Republican Party
  4. Greg Davids Republican Party
  5. Mark Uglem Republican Party

Democratic Officials

  1. Barb Yarusso Democratic Party
  2. Ryan Winkler Democratic Party
  3. Jean Wagenius Democratic Party
  4. Steve Simon Democratic Party
  5. Jeanne Poppe Democratic Party


The Republican and Democratic members of the state Senate considered least supportive of the Institute's values were:

Republican Officials

  1. John Pederson Republican Party
  2. Jeremy Miller Republican Party
  3. Carla Nelson Republican Party
  4. Dave Brown Republican Party
  5. David Senjem Republican Party

Democratic Officials

  1. Sandra Pappas Democratic Party
  2. Matt Schmit Democratic Party
  3. David Tomassoni Democratic Party
  4. Ron Latz Democratic Party
  5. James Metzen Democratic Party

Complete rankings

2012 report

The Taxpayers League of Minnesota released its 2012 scorecard, analyzing all 67 members of the Minnesota State Senate and all 134 members of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Republicans had the highest scores in both the Senate and the House, with 25 Republicans total receiving a score of 100 percent.

In addition to ranking individual members, the report also named 16 members as “2012's Heroes of the Taxpayer.” The 16 members consisted of 14 members of the House of Representatives and two Senators, all Republicans.

Trends

IIn the State Senate, every rated Republican scored over 43 percent, with the highest scoring Democrats scoring 43 percent. Average Democratic scores ranged from 0 to 43 percent and Republican scores ranging from 43 to 100 percent. Meanwhile, in the House of Representatives, Democratic scores ranged from 0 percent to 57 percent and Republican scores ranged from 43 percent to 100 percent.

Scores decreased for both parties from the previous year’s scorecard, with an average score of 43 in both the House and Senate. The previous year, the majority of members in both the house and senate scored 77 percent.

The top Republican and Democratic members of the state House considered most supportive of the Institute's values were:

Republican Officials

  1. Bruce Anderson Republican Party
  2. Steve Drazkowski Republican Party
  3. Kurt Daudt Republican Party
  4. Mike Benson Republican Party
  5. Sondra Erickson Republican Party

Democratic Officials

  1. Bev Scalze Democratic Party
  2. Ann Lenczewski Democratic Party
  3. Mary Murphy Democratic Party
  4. Carolyn Laine Democratic Party
  5. Diane Loeffler Democratic Party

The top Republican and Democratic members of the state Senate considered most supportive of the Institute's values were:

Republican Officials

  1. David Hann Republican Party
  2. Chris Gerlach Republican Party
  3. Michelle Benson Republican Party
  4. Dave Thompson Republican Party
  5. Warren Limmer Republican Party

Democratic Officials

  1. Scott Dibble Democratic Party
  2. Terri Bonoff Democratic Party
  3. Mary Jo McGuire Democratic Party
  4. Tony Lourey Democratic Party
  5. James Metzen Democratic Party

The Republican and Democratic members of the state House considered least supportive of the Institute's values were:

Republican Officials

  1. Jim Abeler Republican Party
  2. Steve Gottwalt Republican Party
  3. Michael Beard Republican Party
  4. Dan Fabian Republican Party
  5. Greg Davids Republican Party

Democratic Officials

  1. John Ward Democratic Party
  2. Paul Thissen Democratic Party
  3. Steve Simon Democratic Party
  4. Jeanne Poppe Democratic Party
  5. Sandra Peterson Democratic Party

The Republican and Democratic members of the state Senate considered least supportive of the Institute's values were:

Republican Officials

  1. Michelle Fischbach Republican Party
  2. Michael Jungbauer Republican Party
  3. Gen Olson Republican Party
  4. Geoff Michel Republican Party
  5. Bill Ingebrigtsen Republican Party

Democratic Officials

  1. Thomas Bakk Democratic Party
  2. Richard Cohen Democratic Party
  3. Barb Goodwin Democratic Party
  4. John Harrington Democratic Party
  5. Linda Higgins Democratic Party

Complete rankings

2011 report

The Taxpayers League of Minnesota released its 2011 Legislative Scorecard in 2011, analyzing all 67 members of the Minnesota State Senate and all 134 members of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Senate Republicans had the highest scores in both the Senate and the House, with six Republicans receiving a score of 92 percent.

In addition to ranking individual members, the report also named four members as “2011's Heroes of the Taxpayer.” The four recognized members were House Speaker Kurt Zellers, House Majority Leader Matt Dean, Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, and Deputy Senate Majority Leader Geoff Michel. The report also named Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D) as the “2011 Foe of The Taxpayer”, citing a proposed $3.6 billion tax increase.

Trends

In the State Senate, every rated Republican scored over 60 percent, while the highest scoring Democrats scored 31 percent. Average Democratic scores ranged from 0 to 31 percent. Meanwhile, in the House of Representatives, Democratic scores ranged from 0 percent to 23 percent and Republican scores ranged from 8 percent to 92 percent, with only one Republican receiving a score lower than 69 percent.

The top Republican and Democratic members of the state House considered most supportive of the Institute's values were:

Republican Officials

  1. Bruce Anderson Republican Party
  2. Steve Drazkowski Republican Party
  3. Kathy Lohmer Republican Party
  4. Duane Quam Republican Party
  5. Linda Runbeck Republican Party

Democratic Officials

  1. Kate Knuth Democratic Party
  2. Ann Lenczewski Democratic Party
  3. Kim Norton Democratic Party
  4. Sandra Peterson Democratic Party
  5. John Benson Democratic Party

The top Republican and Democratic members of the state Senate considered most supportive of the Institute's values were:

Republican Officials

  1. Gretchen Hoffman Republican Party
  2. Dave Thompson Republican Party
  3. Michelle Benson Republican Party
  4. Roger Chamberlain Republican Party
  5. Ted Daley Republican Party

Democratic Officials

  1. Ann Rest Democratic Party
  2. Terri Bonoff Democratic Party
  3. LeRoy Stumpf Democratic Party
  4. Richard Cohen Democratic Party
  5. John Harrington Democratic Party

The Republican and Democratic members of the state House considered least supportive of the Institute's values were:

Republican Officials

  1. Mark Buesgens Republican Party
  2. King Banaian Republican Party
  3. Debra Kiel Republican Party
  4. Steve Smith Republican Party
  5. Rich Murray Republican Party

Democratic Officials

  1. Tom Anzelc Democratic Party
  2. Joe Atkins Democratic Party
  3. Kathy Brynaert Democratic Party
  4. David Dill Democratic Party
  5. Andrew Falk Democratic Party


The Republican and Democratic members of the state Senate considered least supportive of the Institute's values were:

Republican Officials

  1. Michelle Fischbach Republican Party
  2. Michael Jungbauer Republican Party
  3. David Brown Republican Party
  4. John Carlson Republican Party
  5. Gary Dahms Republican Party

Democratic Officials

  1. Thomas Bakk Democratic Party
  2. Ken Kelash Democratic Party
  3. Linda Berglin Democratic Party
  4. John Marty Democratic Party
  5. James Metzen Democratic Party

Complete rankings

Methodology

The report analyzed the legislators on how they voted on several different bills. Legislators received positive scores if they voted for bills that the League deemed “taxpayer friendly.” Each year, several legislators were also named the “Best Friends of the Taxpayer.” To be named a “Best Friend of the Taxpayer” during a legislative session, a Representative or Senator must score a perfect 100% on the votes selected by the Taxpayers League.[2] Legislators received points partially based on whether their votes resolved issues while not raising taxes.

The 2011 scorecard analyzed legislators based on votes on 13 different, including House File 26, House File 25, House File 23, House File 20, House File 14, House File 27, House File 130, and House Files 1-6.

The 2012 scorecard analyzed legislators based on votes on seven bills: House File 2083, House File 2337, House File 247, Senate File 2391, House File 1485, House File 2958, House File 1752, and House File 2430.

The 2013 scorecard analyzed legislators based on votes on 13 bills: House File 976, Senate File 1589, House File 1444, House File 489, House File 677, House File 1183, House File 630, House File 729, Senate File 1236, House File 5, House File 1233, House File 950, House File 1070.

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