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Michigan Tea Party Scorecard - 2013 Final

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This is the final cumulative scorecard for 2013, updated through 1/17/2014. The Michigan Tea Party Scorecard is published quarterly, and scores votes deemed to be on core tea party issues - fiscal responsibility, limited government, and private sector job creation. Most straight party line votes are excluded, as are "messy" bills with conflicting content. For more information see www.watchingmichigan.com. The scorecard is a public service of Independents for Responsible Government www.I4RG.com. NOTE: the vote on expanding Medicaid is intentionally included twice to give it the extra importance that it has with conservative citizens.

DISCLAIMER: This report was prepared by a user of the www.michiganvotes.org site. The www.michiganvotes.org site is not responsible for the scores, nor the preferred vote.

         

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67%Hune, Joe @R ×××××××××××××××--------
58%Schuitmaker, Tonya @R ×××××××××××××××××××--------
57%Colbeck, Patrick @R ××××××××××××X×××××××--------
53%Caswell, Bruce @R ××××XX××××××××××××××××--------
49%Hildenbrand, Dave @R ×××××××××××××××××××××××--------
44%Pavlov, Phil @R ×××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
42%Emmons, Judy @R ××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
42%Nofs, Mike @R ××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
42%Proos, John @R ××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
42%Robertson, David @R ××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
40%Meekhof, Arlan @R ×××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
39%Green, Michael @R ×××××××××××××××××X××××××××××--------
38%Pappageorge, John @R ×X×××××××××××X×XXXX×××××××××××--------
38%Booher, Darwin @R ××××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
38%Jansen, Mark @R ××××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
38%Jones, Rick @R ××××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
38%Moolenaar, John @R ××××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
38%Rocca, Tory @R ××××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
33%Kowall, Mike @R ××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
33%Richardville, Randy @R ××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
31%Casperson, Tom @R ×××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
31%Marleau, Jim @R ×××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
31%Walker, Howard @R ×××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
29%Kahn, Roger @R ××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
27%Hansen, Goeff @R ×××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
24%Anderson, Glenn @D ××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
24%Hunter, Tupac @D ××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
21%Young, Coleman, II @D ×××××××××××××××××××××××××××XX×××××××--------
19%Whitmer, Gretchen @D X×××X××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
15%Ananich, Jim @D --×----××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
16%Johnson, Bert @D ××××××××X×××××××X××XX××××X××××××××××XX×--------
16%Bieda, Steve @D ××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
16%Hopgood, Hoon-Yung @D ××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
16%Warren, Rebekah @D ××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××--------
14%Smith, Virgil @D X××××××××××××××××X×X×××××××××××××××××××--------
12%Gregory, Vincent @D ×××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××X×××X××××--------
10%Hood, Morris, III @D ××××××××××××××××××X×××××××××XX×××××××××××--------
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75%Goike, Ken @R ××××××××---------------------
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75%Somerville, Patrick @R ××××××××---------------------
72%Genetski, Robert @R ×××××××××---------------------
72%Howrylak, Martin @R ×××××××××---------------------
69%Franz, Ray @R ××××××××××---------------------
69%Lund, Pete @R ××××××××××---------------------
63%MacMaster, Greg @R X×××××××××××X---------------------
63%Leonard, Tom @R ××××××××××××---------------------
63%Shirkey, Mike @R ××××××××××××---------------------
59%Bumstead, Jon @R ×××××××××××××---------------------
59%Cotter, Kevin @R ×××××××××××××---------------------
59%Dianda, Scott @D ×××××××××××××---------------------
59%Johnson, Joel @R ×××××××××××××---------------------
59%Kelly, Tim @R ×××××××××××××---------------------
58%Farrington, Jeff @R ××X×××××××××××---------------------
56%MacGregor, Peter @R ××××××××××××××---------------------
53%Jenkins, Nancy @R ×××××××××××××××---------------------
53%Lamonte, Collene @D ×××××××××××××××---------------------
53%Lauwers, Dan @R ×××××××××××××××---------------------
53%McBroom, Edward @R ×××××××××××××××---------------------
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53%Price, Amanda @R ×××××××××××××××---------------------
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50%Abed, Theresa @D ××××××××××××××××---------------------
50%Brinks, Winnie @D ××××××××××××××××---------------------
50%Driskell, Gretchen @D ××××××××××××××××---------------------
50%Graves, Joseph @R ××××××××××××××××---------------------
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47%O'Brien, Margaret @R ×××××××××××××××××---------------------
47%Poleski, Earl @R ×××××××××××××××××---------------------
47%Rogers, Bill @R ×××××××××××××××××---------------------
47%Yonker, Ken @R ×××××××××××××××××---------------------
47%Nathan, David @D ×××X××××××××X×××××---------------------
44%Daley, Kevin @R ××××××××××××××××××---------------------
44%Dillon, Brandon @D ××××××××××××××××××---------------------
44%McCready, Michael @R ××××××××××××××××××---------------------
44%Pettalia, Peter @R ××××××××××××××××××---------------------
44%Pscholka, Al @R ××××××××××××××××××---------------------
44%Yanez, Henry @D ××××××××××××××××××---------------------
42%Haugh, Harold @D ×××X×××××××××××××××---------------------
42%Lori, Matt @R ×××××××××××××X×××××---------------------
41%Geiss, Douglas @D ×××XX×X×××××××××××××---------------------
41%Bolger, James "Jase" @R ×××××××××××××××××××---------------------
41%Callton, Mike @R ×××××××××××××××××××---------------------
41%Crawford, Hugh @R ×××××××××××××××××××---------------------
41%Denby, Cindy @R ×××××××××××××××××××---------------------
41%Forlini, Anthony @R ×××××××××××××××××××---------------------
41%Jacobsen, Bradford @R ×××××××××××××××××××---------------------
41%Lyons, Lisa @R ×××××××××××××××××××---------------------
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41%Stamas, Jim @R ×××××××××××××××××××---------------------
41%Walsh, John @R ×××××××××××××××××××---------------------
41%Zorn, Dale W. @R ×××××××××××××××××××---------------------
39%Haveman, Joseph @R ×××××××××××××X××××××---------------------
38%Foster, Frank @R ××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
38%Kandrevas, Andrew @D ××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
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38%Schmidt, Wayne @R ××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
38%Stanley, Woodrow @D ××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
37%Lane, Marilyn @D ×××××××××××××XXX××XX××---------------------
37%Hobbs, Rudy @D ×××X××××××××××××××××X---------------------
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34%Haines, Gail @R ×××××××XXX××××××××××××---------------------
34%Olumba, John @D ×XX××××X××××××××××××××---------------------
34%Brunner, Charles @D ×××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
34%Clemente, Paul D. @D ×××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
34%Glardon, Ben @R ×××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
34%LaVoy, Bill @D ×××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
34%Schor, Andy @D ×××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
34%Smiley, Charles @D ×××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
33%Zemke, Adam @D ××××××××××××××××××X××X---------------------
31%Banks, Brian @D ××××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
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31%Cavanagh, Phil @D ××××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
31%Darany, George T. @D ××××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
31%Knezek, David @D ××××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
31%Kosowski, Robert @D ××××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
28%Lipton, Ellen @D ×××××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
28%Singh, Sam @D ×××××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
28%Slavens, Dian @D ×××××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
28%Talabi, Alberta Tinsley @D ×××××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
28%Tlaib, Rashida @D ×××××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
28%Townsend, Jim @D ×××××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
28%Rutledge, David E. @D ××××××××××X××××XX×××××××---------------------
27%Stallworth, Thomas, III @D ××××X××××××××××××××××××X---------------------
25%Barnett, Vicki @D ××××××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
25%Durhal, Fred, III @D ××××××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
25%Faris, Pam @D ××××××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
25%Oakes, Stacy Erwin @D ××××××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
25%Roberts, Sarah @D ××××××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
22%Santana, Harvey @D ×××××××××××××××××××××××××---------------------
19%Hovey-Wright, Marcia @D ××××X×××××××XXXX×××××××××××---------------------
25%Ananich, Jim @D ×××-------------------------------------------------
0%Phelps, Phil @D ---------------------×××-×-×××-----------------------

Marks:   Correct,  × Incorrect,  F Chamber failed to hold vote,  E Excused,  X Not Voting,  ? Ideal Vote not set,  - No vote in this chamber

 

Column Descriptions

Senate Bill 123: SB 123 - Expand convention facility authorities
Allows borrowing and spending more to develop a "sports facility" in Grand Rapids - borrowing and spending for corporate welfare
      (House Roll Call 89)      (Senate Roll Call)

Senate Bill 78: SB 78 - Restrict "biological diversity" state land
Prohibit the Department of Natural Resources from designating an area of land specifically for the purpose of achieving “biological diversity," no longer require the DNR to manage forests in a manner that promotes "restoration"
      (Senate Roll Call 37)

House Bill 4369: HB 4369 - “Education achievement authority”
Codify in statute the powers and structure of a state “education achievement authority” (already created by means of an administrative “interlocal agreement”), which is an office in the Department of Education tasked with managing, overseeing or contracting-out the operations of public schools deemed to have failed academically.
      (House Roll Call 66)      (Senate Roll Call 613)

Senate Bill 92: SB 92 -License pharmacy assistants
Impose licensing and regulation on pharmacy assistants with fees, continuing education requirements, test-taking mandates etc
      (Senate Roll Call 70)

House Bill 4139: HB 4139 - Eliminate "peace bonds"
Repeal section of criminal law authorizing judges to order a "peace bond" when an individual has threatened an offense. Concerns are that they have been used to abridge free speech.
      (House Roll Call 75)

Senate Bill 38: SB 38 - Wage garnishment for blight violations
Allow a local government to garnish the wages of a property owner who has failed to pay fines imposed by “administrative hearing bureaus”
      (Senate Roll Call 83)

Senate Bill 218: SB 218 -Extend water resource authorities
Eliminate the sunset on local water improvement resource authorities which levy taxes and divert other tax revenue to cover debt service
      (House Roll Call 84)      (Senate Roll Call 113)

Senate Bill 182: SB 182 - K12 budget amendment
Amendment to support dedicating School Aid Funds (SAF) to K-12 although constitution explicitly authorizes using SAF for higher education
      (Senate Roll Call 103)

Senate Bill 345: SB 345 - State housing subsidy debt
Repeal requirement that MSHDA must scale back its debt from $4.2B authorizes in 2012 to $3.4B by Nov 1 2014. Net effect is to increase borrowing for taxpayer backed mortgage loan guarantees, subsidies, etc
      (Senate Roll Call 177)

House Bill 4681: HB 4681 - Repeal Auctioneer licensing
Repeal law that imposes licensure mandate on auctioneers
      (House Roll Call 180)

Senate Bill 173: SB 173 - Ban local mandates on private employers
Preempt local governments from adopting ordinances or policies that require private sector employers to provide employee leave that is not required under state or federal law.
      (Senate Roll Call 232)

House Bill 4664: HB 4664 - Prison worker pension double dipping
Repeal sunset of 2012 law that “temporarily” allowed retired prison employees to simultaneously collect pension benefits and a paycheck, starting as young as age 51 in some cases.
      (House Roll Call 197)      (Senate Roll Call 284)

House Bill 4669: HB 4669 - Increase ORV tax
Increase annual Off Road Vehicle (ORV)license tax from $16.25 to $26.25 for a license that does not authorize operation on state ORV trails, and $36.25 for one that does. This is one of several fee increases, which is another form of tax increase.
      (House Roll Call 200)      (Senate Roll Call 285)

House Bill 4668: HB 4668 - Increase hunting & fishing fees
To revise the structure of hunting and fishing license fees in a manner that would increase license fees for most sportsmen. The House Fiscal Agency reports this would extract an additional $19.7 million annually from sportsmen.
      (House Roll Call 199)      (Senate Roll Call 307)

House Bill 4665: HB 4665 - Extend and fill tipping fee increase
Extend until Sept. 30, 2015 a “temporary” increase from 7 cents to 12 cents on the per-cubic yard state “tipping fee” tax imposed on dumping in landfills, which was authorized by a 2011 law.
      (House Roll Call 198)      (Senate Roll Call 278)

Senate Bill 175: SB 175 - Undo National Guard pension reform
Reverse a 2010 reform that eliminated "defined benefit" pensions for future Michigan National Guard commanders and their assistants, and instead provided 401k benefits. Restores generous state pensions of $78,000 to $133,000.
      (House Roll Call 205)      (Senate Roll Call 235)

House Bill 4714: HB 4714 - Accept ACA Medicaid Expansion
Expand Medicaid eligibility to families and individuals up to 138 percent of poverty level as desired by the Affordable Care Act, contingent on some state conditions. This is a critical step in implementing ObamaCare and is strongly opposed by tea party groups.
      (House Roll Call 241)

View Bill: HB 4714 - ACA Medicaid expansion - weighted
Intentionally included twice to reflect the importance of this bill, and the very strong opposition by tea party groups.


House Bill 4813: HB 4813 - Procedure to dissolve failed schools
Establish criteria and procedures for dissolving a school district that has become so fiscally unviable that it can no longer educate students, and for attaching the failed district’s territory to one or more nearby school districts
      (House Roll Call 256)      (Senate Roll Call 316)

Senate Bill 284: SB 284 - Homeheating welfare program
Create a state fund to receive and redistribute up to $60 million annually from customer surcharges on electricity bills to low income households as home heating subsidies. Another new tax.
      (House Roll Call 234)      (Senate Roll Call 276)

Senate Bill 271: SB 271 - Revise developer subsidy regime
Increase the maximum "community revitalization" subsidy to any one developer from $1M to $2.5M. Also eliminate some restrictions oh how funds can be spent and make reporting less transparent.
      (Senate Roll Call 266)

Senate Bill 272: SB 272 - Developer "port facility" subsidies
Expand the mission of the Michigan Strategic Fund to include providing undefined subsidies for corporations, developers and other entities involved in port facilities
      (Senate Roll Call 267)

House Bill 4714: HB 4714 - Medicaid Expansion

      (Senate Roll Call 339)

View Bill: HB 4714 - Medicaid Expansion Double Weight
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Senate Bill 351: SB 351 - Clarify Fertilizer Use Restrictions
Clarify that following accepted practices prior to a 1981 law is not a violation subject to penalties
      (House Roll Call 311)      (Senate Roll Call 347)

Senate Bill 50: SB 50 - Revise ORV Use Rules
Prohibit the DNR from requiring a permit merely for organized group off road activities on state land
      (House Roll Call 275)      (Senate Roll Call 355)

House Bill 4787: HB 4787 - Increase Health Facility Rationing Fees
Increase application fees for medical facility and equipment expansion under the Certificate of Need rationing program
      (House Roll Call 281)      (Senate Roll Call 383)

Senate Bill 347: SB 347 - Expand MSHDA Developer Subsidies
Authorize MSHDA to use reserve funds to invest in private companies purchasing multifamily housing projects
      (House Roll Call 283)      (Senate Roll Call 351)

Senate Bill 257: SB 257 - Expand Business Improvement Zones
Broaden the authority of Business Improvement Zones - longer lifetime, easier to impose, more difficult to disband. These zones have the ability to tax property owners in a "zone" for mandated improvement projects
      (House Roll Call 284)      (Senate Roll Call 356)

Senate Bill 276: SB 276 - Require Community Service for Welfare
Require welfare recipients to perform community service if they are not already in a welfare-related work or training program
      (Senate Roll Call 363)

Senate Bill 315: SB 315 - Assesments on potato growers
increase the maximum "assessment" that can be levied on growers under a government potato marketing scheme
      (Senate Roll Call 354)

Senate Bill 397: SB 397 - Expand Corporate Subsidy
Create a 6th “Next Michigan Development Corporation,” which is a government agency that gives tax breaks and subsidies to particular corporations or developers selected by political appointees
      (Senate Roll Call 374)

House Bill 4952: HB 4952 - Halt Unemployment for Failed Drug Test
Deny unemployment benefits if a prospective employer requires a drug test as a condition of a job and the individual either refuses or fails the test
      (House Roll Call 302)      (Senate Roll Call 428)

House Bill 4633: HB 4633- Mandate License Plate Replacement
Mandate license plate replacement after 10 years regardless of condition
      (House Roll Call 308)      (Senate Roll Call 536)

Senate Bill 542: SB 542 - Permit more generous health benefits
Increase from $11,000 to $13,455 the “hard cap” on the amount that a local government or school district can spend for an "individual-plus-spouse" employee health care policy
      (Senate Roll Call 395)

Senate Bill 661: SB 661 - Increase Political Contribution Limits
Double the maximum campaign contributions allowed by state election law, index these to inflation, and require additional finance reports from candidates. Clarify regulations on third party issue ads and robocalls
      (House Roll Call 488)      (Senate Roll Call 618)

House Bill 4044: HB 4044 - Obamacare exchange non-exclusive
Allow health insurance to be sold outside of a state ObamaCare (ACA) exchange, if a state-run exchange is ever established
      (House Roll Call 508)

House Bill 4816: HB 4816 - Disclose Obamacare price hikes
Require health insurance bills to include estimated impact of health care law (ACA) on any price increases
      (House Roll Call 507)

House Bill 4242: HB 4242 - Justify new gov regulations
Require government agencies to demonstrate that a rule they want to impose is “necessary and suitable to achieve its purpose in proportion to the burdens it places on individuals”.
      (House Roll Call 127)      (Senate Roll Call 547)

Senate Bill 509: SB 509 - Authorize new senate building
Authorize the sale of the Farnum Senate office building in Lansing and construction of a new building for Senators’ offices.
      (Senate Roll Call 553)

Senate Bill 2: SB 2 - Expand nurse scope of practice
Revise nursing license regulations to provide a wider "scope of practice" for "advanced practice registered nurses,"
      (Senate Roll Call 526)

House Bill 4546: HB 4546 - Impose fees on potato growers
Increase the maximum "assessment" that can be levied on growers under a government potato marketing scheme. This replaces SB 315 that was previously passed by the senate
      (House Roll Call 442)      (Senate Roll Call 593)

Senate Bill 269: SB 269 - Extend corporate welfare
Extend to 2019 an annual $75 million earmark to a “21st Century Jobs Fund” created by Gov Granholm, which provides subsidies to firms or industries chosen by a board of political appointees.
      (Senate Roll Call 478)

Senate Bill 553: SB 553 - Extend specific "Renaissance Zone"
Eight year extension of the extensive tax breaks granted to residents and businesses in a particular "renaissance zone" located in Saginaw County. This is in addition to a previous seven-year extension.
      (Senate Roll Call 480)

Senate Bill 89: SB 89 - Revise car sales tax
Exempt from sales tax the value of a trade-in when buying a new motor vehicle, titled watercraft or recreational vehicle, but phase this tax break in over 24 years.
      (House Roll Call 345)      (Senate Roll Call 439)

House Bill 4782: HB 4782 - Expand Corporate Welfare
Create a sixth “Next Michigan Development Corporation,” a government agency that gives tax breaks and subsidies to particular corporations or developers selected by political appointees
      (House Roll Call 504)      (Senate Roll Call 590)

Senate Bill 443: SB 443 - End automatic tax increase
Revise a provision that requires school property taxes be raised to pay off lawsuit-related judgments against a school district. It does not apply if the lawsuit was to enforce a school employee union contract or other contract that specifically relates to school operations.
      (House Roll Call 533)      (Senate Roll Call 659)

House Bill 4688: HB 4688 - Repeal dietitian license mandate
Repeal 2006 law requiring licenses for dietitians and nutritionists. 2006 mandate was never implemented or enforced.
      (House Roll Call 410)

House Bill 4327: HB 4327 - Allow TIF revisions
Allow “corridor improvement authorities” to “reset” their tax increment financing (TIF) schemes to offset declining property assessments
      (House Roll Call 353)      (Senate Roll Call 628)

Senate Bill 307: SB 307 - Allow special tax for safety
Allow certain cites to add "special" taxes for police and fire service which currently are included in "standard" assessments
      (Senate Roll Call 407)

Senate Bill 475: SB 475 - Trampoline court regulations
establish standards and regulations for trampoline courts and operators, and grant these businesses limited immunity from lawsuits if the proposed regulations are followed.
      (Senate Roll Call 409)

House Bill 4121: HB 4121 - School property buyer tax break
Give owners of property purchased from a public school district a five year property tax exemption. Local tax-collecting units (including local governments, taxing authorities, taxing "districts," etc.) could opt out of providing the exemption.
      (House Roll Call 323)

Senate Joint Resolution 0: Call for Article V balanced budget convention
Senate Joint Resolution to submit an application to Congress calling for a "convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution," limited to proposing a balanced budget amendment.
      (Senate Roll Call 505)

 

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