Yankee Institute's Voter Guide

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The Yankee Institute for Public Policy, a pro-market think tank in Connecticut, releases its Voter Guide before each legislative election. The Guide gives each a legislator a score based on how they voted in the two-year legislative term prior to the election. The Institute selects key votes which "reveal the differences between those legislators that would harness the power of individual liberty and the market to improve lives, and those that prefer a centrally-planned approach."[1]

2012 report

The 'Yankee Institute Voter Guide for 2011-12 showed how Connecticut state legislators voted the 2011-12 legislative term. The 10 "key votes" in the Guide included legislation implementing the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, tax increases, and legislation requiring union contracts for all public construction projects. The Yankee Institute supported "no" votes on all 10 bills, but all 10 became law. All legislators were given a score from 0 to 10, with 10 showing that a legislator voted in agreement with the Yankee Institute for all 10 key votes.[2]

In the Connecticut House of Representatives, Representatives Timothy J. Ackert, Dan Carter, Christopher Coutu, John Hetherington, John Piscopo, Robert C. Sampson, and John Shaban were named "legislative heroes" by the Yankee Institute for earning scores of 9 points out 10 on the Voter Guide. Among the remaining representatives, 16 received 8 points, 16 received 7 points, 12 received 6 points, 1 received 5 points, 2 received 3 points, 10 received 2 points, 15 received 1 point, and 73 received 0 points.[3]

In the Connecticut State Senate, Senator Joe Markley was named a "legislative hero" by the Yankee Institute for earning a score of 9 points out of 10 on the Voter Guide. Among the other senators, 4 received 8 points, 2 received 6 points, 2 received 2 points, and 16 received 0 points.[3]

Complete lists

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Methodology

Of the numerous bills which come before the Connecticut General Assembly during a given legislative term, the Yankee Institute selects the votes on those bills which "reveal the differences between those legislators that would harness the power of individual liberty and the market to improve lives, and those that prefer a centrally-planned approach." A legislator is assigned a score for each key vote, receiving 1 point for a vote in agreement with or 0 points for a vote against the Yankee Institute's positions. Absences are noted in the Voter Guide and, like a vote against the Institute's positions, add no points to a legislator's score. A legislator with a score of 10 voted with the Institute on all 10 issues, while a legislator with a score of 0 voted against the Institute's positions or was absent for all 10 key votes.[2]

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