Most folks actively watching the goings on in Lansing might already be aware of the MichiganVotes.org site run by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
Nowhere else can you find a more complete collection of legislative efforts. Easily referenced, and with a record of votes by legislator, party, the chambers the votes were taken in, and legislative sessions. It is an incredibly useful tool when trying to find out how your legislator voted on any particular issue of interest. Its a great way of keeping these ‘servants’ in check when they claim to be conservative, but vote like the liberals or something even worse.
How cool is that?
One feature often overlooked however, is a tool that can prove quite useful in deciding whether your legislator has represented you or other interests. Its the score card generator, and we are putting it to use here at RightMi.Com. What better way to help the unapologetic conservative find where his or her representative has strong or weak points.
The 2013-2014 RightMi.Com Legislative Scorecard samples several critical votes on economic, tax, regulatory issues, property rights, corporate welfare, and social welfare issues. It covers this broad base and will be expanded throughout this legislative session to add bills being considered till the end of the year. We will also be adding a 2011-2012 session shortly to cover some legislation and issues not covered on this scorecard.
As might be expected, very few meet the RightMi.Com legislative preferences 100%, but the regular readers will recognize a few names that we have lauded in the past as rating very high. A few high and low scoring surprises are worth noting however. As the rest of the session wears on, we hope to see more of them scoring higher and in agreement with the editors here.
Where do your reps rate?
Check it out (we’ve placed a link on the tool bar above under the “Recent Michigan Legislative Action” tab, and if you have suggested votes to be added, we can put those in for consideration as well.
What I find most interesting is that the most pro-freedom democrat, Scott Dianda (D-Calumet), scores equal to or better than 42 republicans, including several "conservative" darlings.
As you might have noticed on your review, we will have to fill in some areas to be as complete as possible. That may affect some of those oddiites, but it won't eliminate them. There are some reversed roles to be found.
After some deeper analysis, I have removed HB 4571 from the scorecard. There is a question of whether there is a net increase in taxes, or not.
House Fiscal Agency thinks it will, pending the actual amount of fuel sold and the rack price: