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Freedom Index, 2015-16 Legislature

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Compared to the 2013-14 Freedom Index, the main thing this one illustrates is how unambitious Republicans have been this session. After meeting the political demand to increase road funding in 2015, Republicans have played "small ball" in terms of reforms needed to make Michigan a more prosperous state.

DISCLAIMER: Scorecards are user-created and do not represent the views of Michigan Votes or the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
The user/creator is responsible for the scores and the preferred votes.

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Ideal Senate Vote >
64%Brandenburg, Jack  (term)R ×××××××××FFX
62%Colbeck, Patrick  (term)R ××××××××FF××
62%Shirkey, Mike  (term)R ×××××××××FF×
58%Booher, Darwin  (term)R ××××××××××FF×
58%Emmons, Judy  (term)R ××××××××××FF×
58%Hildenbrand, Dave  (term)R ××××××××××FF×
58%Knollenberg, Marty  (term)R ××××××××××FF×
58%Pavlov, Phil  (term)R ××××××××××FF×
58%Proos, John  (term)R ××××××××××FF×
58%Robertson, David  (term)R ××××××××××FF×
56%Green, Michael  (term)R ×××××××X×××FF×
56%Marleau, Jim  (term)R ××X××××××××FF×
54%Stamas, Jim  (term)R ×××××××××××FF×
52%Hansen, Goeff  (term)R ×××××××X××××FF×
52%Meekhof, Arlan  (term)R ××××X×××××××FF×
50%Kowall, Mike  (term)R ×××××××××××F×F×
50%MacGregor, Peter  (term)R ×××××××××××FF××
50%Schmidt, Wayne  (term)R ××××××××××××FF×
43%Nofs, Mike  (term)R ××××××XX×X×××F××F×
42%Horn, Kenneth  (term)R ×××××××××××××F×F×
42%Jones, Rick  (term)R ××××××××××××××FF×
42%Schuitmaker, Tonya  (term)R ××××××××××××××FF×
38%Casperson, Tom  (term)R ×××××××××××××F××F×
38%O'Brien, Margaret  (term)R ××××××××××××F××F××
35%Zorn, Dale W.  (term)R ×××××××××××××F×××F×
27%Rocca, Tory  (term)R ××××××××××××××F××××F×
24%Gregory, Vincent  (term)D X××××××××××××××F××××F×
23%Hopgood, Hoon-Yung  (term)D ×××××××××××××××F××××F×
20%Hood, Morris, III  (term)D ×××××××X××××××××F××××F×
20%Young, Coleman, II  (term)D ××××××××××××××X×F××××F×
19%Bieda, Steve  (term)D ××××××××××××××××F××××F×
19%Warren, Rebekah  (term)D ××××××××××××××××F××××F×
17%Ananich, Jim  (term)D ××××××××××××××X×XF××××F×
16%Hertel, Curtis, Jr.  (term)D ××××X××××××××××××F××××F×
16%Knezek, David  (term)D ××××××××X××××××××F××××F×
13%Johnson, Bert  (term)D X××××××××××××××××F××X×FX×
6%Smith, Virgil  (term)D ××××××××××××××F×××XF
0%Conyers, Ian  (term)D FF×
Ideal House Vote >
100%Gamrat, Cindy  (term)R FFFF
100%Johnson, Steven  (term)R FFFF
100%Rabhi, Yousef  (term)D FFFF
100%Reilly, John  (term)R FFFF
100%Wentworth, Jason  (term)R FFFF
74%Franz, Ray  (term)R ××××××FF×F×F
74%Hooker, Thomas  (term)R ×××××××FFF×F
71%Goike, Ken  (term)R ××××××××FF×FF
69%Glenn, Gary  (term)R ××××××××FFF×F×
68%Somerville, Patrick  (term)R ×××××××××FFF×F
66%Barrett, Tom  (term)R ××××××××FF×F×F×
66%Chatfield, Lee  (term)R ×××××××FF×F××F×
66%Cole, Triston  (term)R ××××××××FF×F×F×
66%Runestad, Jim  (term)R ××××××××FFF××F×
65%Johnson, Joel  (term)R ××××××××FF×F××F
65%Pettalia, Peter  (term)R ×××××××××FF×F×F
63%Theis, Lana  (term)R ×××××××××FFF××F×
61%Farrington, Jeff  (term)R ×××××××××FF×F××F
61%Poleski, Earl  (term)R ×××××××××FF×F××F
59%Kesto, Klint  (term)R ×××××××××FF×F××F×
59%Tedder, Jim  (term)R ××××××××××FF×F×F×
58%Bumstead, Jon  (term)R ×××××××××FF×F×××F
58%Miller, Aaron  (term)R ××××××××××FF×FX×F×
56%Canfield, Edward  (term)R ×××××××××FF×F×××F×
56%Graves, Joseph  (term)R ×××××××××FF×F×××F×
56%Lauwers, Dan  (term)R ××××××××××FF×F××F×
55%Kelly, Tim  (term)R ××××××××××FF×F××XF×
55%Nesbitt, Aric  (term)R ××××××××××FF×F×××F
55%Potvin, Phil  (term)R ××××××××××FF×F×××F
55%Rendon, Bruce  (term)R ×××××××××FF×F××××F
53%Iden, Brandt  (term)R ××××××××××FF×F×××F×
53%Leonard, Tom  (term)R ×××××××××××FF×F××F×
53%Roberts, Brett  (term)R ××××××××××FF×F×××F×
53%Webber, Michael  (term)R ××××××××××FF×F×××F×
52%Cotter, Kevin  (term)R ×××××××××××FF×F×××F
52%Heise, Kurt  (term)R ×××××××××××FF×F×××F
52%Inman, Larry  (term)R ×××××××××××FF×F××XF×
52%Jenkins, Nancy  (term)R ××××××××××FF×F××××F
52%Price, Amanda  (term)R ××××××××××FF×F×××F×
52%Pscholka, Al  (term)R ×××××××××××FF×F×××F
50%Afendoulis, Chris  (term)R ××××××××××FF×F×××F××
50%Cox, Laura  (term)R ×××××××××××FF×F×××F×
50%Garcia, Daniela  (term)R ×××××××××××FF×F×××F×
50%Howell, Gary  (term)R ×××××FFFF×
50%Howrylak, Martin  (term)R ××××××××××FF×F××××F×
50%Leutheuser, Eric  (term)R ××××××××××××FF×F××F×
50%Maturen, David  (term)R ×××××××××××FF×F×××F×
50%Muxlow, Paul  (term)R ×××××X×XX××XFF×XF×××XFX
50%Pagel, David  (term)R ××××××××××FF×F×××F××
50%Victory, Roger  (term)R ×××××××××××FF×F×××F×
48%Jacobsen, Bradford  (term)R ×××××××××××FF×F××××F
48%LaFontaine, Andrea  (term)R ××××××××××××FF×F×××F
48%Lyons, Lisa  (term)R ×××××××××××FF×F××××F
48%Outman, Rick  (term)R ××××××××××××FF×F×××F
48%Yonker, Ken  (term)R ××××××××××FF×F×××F××
47%Crawford, Kathy  (term)R ×××××××××××FF×F××××F×
47%Lucido, Peter  (term)R ××××××××××××FFF××××F×
47%Robinson, Rose Mary  (term)D ×××××××××FF×F××××××F×
47%Vaupel, Hank  (term)R ××××××××××××FFF××××F×
47%VerHeulen, Rob  (term)R ××××××××××FF×F×××F×××
47%McBroom, Ed  (term)R ××××××X××××FF××F××××F
45%Forlini, Anthony  (term)R ××××××××××××FF×F×××F×
45%Glardon, Ben  (term)R ××××××××××FF×F××××F××
42%Whiteford, Mary  (term)R ××××××FFFF×
41%Hughes, Holly  (term)R ×××××××××××××FF×F××××F×
41%McCready, Michael  (term)R ××××××××××××FF×F××××F××
41%Sheppard, Jason  (term)R ××××××××××××FF×F××××F××
39%Callton, Mike  (term)R ××××××××××FF×F×××××××F×
37%Miller, Derek  (term)D ××××FF×F×××××××F
34%Dianda, Scott  (term)D ××××××××××××FF×F×××××××F×
33%Kivela, John  (term)D ××××××××X××XXFF×F×××××××FX
31%Bizon, John  (term)R ××××××××××××××FF××F×××××F×
30%Smiley, Charles  (term)D ×××××××××××X××FF×F×××××F××
29%Darany, George T.  (term)D ××××××××××××××FF×F××××××F×
29%Irwin, Jeff  (term)D ××××××××××××××FF×F×××××××F
29%Liberati, Frank  (term)D X××XXX×××××××××FF×F×××××××F×
28%Gay-Dagnogo, Sherry  (term)D ×××××××××××××FF×F×××××××F××
28%Kosowski, Robert  (term)D ×××××××××××××××FF×F××××××F×
28%Moss, Jeremy  (term)D ×××××××××××××FF×F×××××××F××
28%Neeley, Sheldon  (term)D ××××××××××××FF×F×××××××F×××
28%Singh, Sam  (term)D ××××××××××××FF×F××××××××F××
28%Santana, Harvey  (term)D ××××××××××X××XFF××F××××××F×
27%Lane, Marilyn  (term)D ×××××××××××××FF×F×××××X××F×
26%Banks, Brian  (term)D ×××××××××××××FF×F×××××××F××
26%Garrett, LaTanya  (term)D ×××××X××××××××FF×F×××××××F××
26%Love, Leslie  (term)D ×××××××××××××FF×F××××××××F×X
26%Talabi, Alberta Tinsley  (term)D ×××××××××××××FF×F×××××××F××
25%Faris, Pam  (term)D ×××××××××××××FF×F×××××××F×××
25%Geiss, Erika  (term)D ××××××××××××××FF×F××××××××F×
25%Greig, Christine  (term)D ××××××××××××××FF×F×××××××F××
25%Schor, Andy  (term)D ××××××××××××××FF×F×××××××F××
25%Yanez, Henry  (term)D ×××××××××××××××FF×F××××××F××
23%Brunner, Charles  (term)D ×××××××××××××××FF×F××××××F××
23%Driskell, Gretchen  (term)D ××××××××××××××FF×F×××××××F××
23%LaVoy, Bill  (term)D ×××××××××××××××FF×F××××××××F
23%Phelps, Phil  (term)D ×××××××××××××××FF×F××××××F××X
23%Roberts, Sarah  (term)D ×××××××××××××FF×F××××××××F××
23%Townsend, Jim  (term)D ××××××××××××××FF×F××××××××F×
22%Brinks, Winnie  (term)D ×××××××××××××××FF×F××××××F×××
22%Chang, Stephanie  (term)D ×××××××××××××FF×F××××××××F×××
22%Greimel, Tim  (term)D ××××××××××××××××FF×F××××××F××
22%Pagan, Kristy  (term)D ××××××××××××××FF×F×××××××F×××
22%Wittenberg, Robert  (term)D ××××××××××××××FF×F×××××××F×××
19%Clemente, Paul D.  (term)D ××××××××××××××××FF×F×××××××F×
19%Hovey-Wright, Marcia  (term)D ××××××××××××××FF×F××××××××F××
19%Cochran, Tom  (term)D ××××××××××××××FF×F××××××××F×××
19%Durhal, Fred, III  (term)D ×××××××××××××××FF×F××××××××F××
19%Guerra, Vanessa  (term)D ×××××××××××××××FF×F×××××××F×××
19%Hoadley, Jon  (term)D ××××××××××××××FF×F××××××××F×××
19%Zemke, Adam  (term)D ×××××××××××××××FF×F×××××××F×××
17%Chirkun, John  (term)D ×XX×××××××××××××FF×F××××××××F××
17%LaGrand, David  (term)D ×××××××××FFFF×
17%Rutledge, David E.  (term)D ×××××××××××××××FF×FX×××××××F××
16%Plawecki, Julie  (term)D ×××××××××××××××FF×F××××××××F××
16%Byrd, Wendell  (term)D ×××××××××××××××FF×F××××××××F×××
11%Dillon, Brandon  (term)D FFF×××××××F×
0%Albert, Thomas  (term)R FFFF×
0%Alexander, Julie  (term)R FFFF×
0%Allor, Sue  (term)R FFFF×
0%Bellino, Joseph, Jr.  (term)R FFFF×
0%Brann, Tommy  (term)R FFFF×
0%Calley, Julie  (term)R FFFF×
0%Camilleri, Darrin  (term)D FFFF×
0%Clemente, Cara  (term)D FFFF×
0%Elder, Brian  (term)D FFFF×
0%Ellison, Jim  (term)D FFFF×
0%Farrington, Diana  (term)R FFFF×
0%Frederick, Ben  (term)R FFFF×
0%Green, Patrick  (term)D FFFF×
0%Griffin, Beth  (term)R FFFF×
0%Hammoud, Abdullah  (term)D FFFF×
0%Hauck, Roger  (term)R FFFF×
0%Hernandez, Shane  (term)R FFFF×
0%Hertel, Kevin  (term)D FFFF×
0%Hoitenga, Michele  (term)R FFFF×
0%Hornberger, Pamela  (term)R FFFF×
0%Jones, Jewell  (term)D FFFF×
0%Kahle, Bronna  (term)R FFFF×
0%LaFave, Beau  (term)R FFFF×
0%LaSata, Kim  (term)R FFFF×
0%Lasinski, Donna  (term)D FFFF×
0%Lilly, Jim  (term)R FFFF×
0%Lower, James  (term)R FFFF×
0%Marino, Steve  (term)R FFFF×
0%Noble, Jeff  (term)R FFFF×
0%Peterson, Ronnie  (term)D FFFF×
0%Rendon, Daire  (term)R FFFF×
0%Sabo, Terry  (term)D FFFF×
0%Santana, Sylvia  (term)D FFFF×
0%Scott, Bettie Cook  (term)D FFFF×
0%Sneller, Tim  (term)D FFFF×
0%Sowerby, William  (term)D FFFF×
0%VanderWall, Curt  (term)R FFFF×
0%VanSingel, Scott  (term)R FFFF×
0%Yaroch, Jeff  (term)R FFFF×

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


Column Descriptions

House Bill 5457: Repeal auto insurer tax break
Repeal $80 million tax break for insurers
   • House Roll Call 395 on June 2, 2016.
   • Senate Roll Call 382 on June 8, 2016.

House Bill 5613: Limit agency rulemaking power
Restrict rules more stringent than federal.
   • House Roll Call 401 on June 7, 2016.

Senate Bill 673: Extend developer tax breaks
Retain "Obsolete Property Rehabilitation" property tax breaks to particular developers law.
   • House Roll Call 398 on June 7, 2016.
   • Senate Roll Call 21 on February 2, 2016.

House Bill 5387: Teacher strike sanctions
Impose more rigorous sanctions and more certain procedures for teachers in an illegal strike.
   • House Roll Call 388 on June 2, 2016.
   • Senate Roll Call 429 on June 8, 2016.

House Bill 5577: “Mobility vehicle” licensure
Impose licensure mandate on “mobility vehicle” dealers.
   • House Roll Call 360 on June 2, 2016.

House Bill 5384: Don't ration Detroit charter schools
Adopt Snyder's DPS governance changes without charter school rationing.
   • House Roll Call 386 on June 2, 2016.
   • Senate Roll Call 428 on June 8, 2016.

House Bill 4578: Expand recreation taxes
Give schools the power to levy recreation tax.
   • House Roll Call 162 on April 19, 2016.
   • Senate Roll Call 346 on May 31, 2016.

House Bill 4962: Juvenile justice reform
Don't automatically try 17 year olds as an adult.
   • House Roll Call 200 on April 28, 2016.

House Bill 4895: Big box liquor license
Ease regulations for big box stores to get extra liquor license
   • House Roll Call 124 on March 17, 2016.
   • Senate Roll Call 149 on March 24, 2016.

Senate Bill 507: Expand recycler regs
Impose registration and reporting mandates on large recyclers.
   • House Roll Call 107 on March 16, 2016.
   • Senate Roll Call 583 on December 10, 2015.

House Bill 4651: Increase motorcycle license fine
Increase fine for operating motorcycle without "indorsement on license.
   • House Roll Call 49 on February 18, 2016.

House Bill 5070: Obama NLRB "push-back"
Declare franchise owner of sole employer in unionizing.
   • House Roll Call 499 on December 16, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 42 on February 11, 2016.

Senate Bill 539: Promise Zone transparency
Impose additional reporting requirements on “promise zone” tax increment financing authorities.
   • House Roll Call 18 on January 27, 2016.

House Bill 4783: Raise landfill fines
Increase fines for landfill permit violations to $25,000 per day.
   • House Roll Call 20 on January 28, 2016.

House Bill 4095: Borrow, spend more on colleges
Borrow $50-plus million for university construction.
   • House Roll Call 443 on December 3, 2015.

Senate Bill 616: Tax breaks for Pyramid project
Exempt data centers from sales tax.
   • House Roll Call 487 on December 15, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 627 on December 15, 2015.

House Bill 4990: Expand local energy scheme
Let cities incur more energy scheme debt.
   • House Roll Call 223 on May 10, 2016.
   • Senate Roll Call 223 on May 3, 2016.

Senate Bill 556: Extend developer tax breaks
Extend “commercial rehabilitation tax breaks.
   • House Roll Call 436 on December 2, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 488 on November 4, 2015.

House Bill 4598: License midwives
Impose licensure mandate on midwives with $200 annual fee.
   • House Roll Call 444 on December 3, 2015.

Senate Bill 280: Ban tax dollars for union steward
Ban state, schools and locals from paying union stewards for union work.
   • Senate Roll Call 507 on November 10, 2015.

Senate Bill 279: Ban union pension spiking
Ban "Steve Cook" school pension spiking scheme.
   • Senate Roll Call 504 on November 10, 2015.

House Bill 4738: Raise gas tax
Raise gas tax to 26.3 cents per gallon.
   • House Roll Call 405 on November 3, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 476 on November 3, 2015.

Senate Bill 571: Restrict tax-funded electioneering
Revise employee payroll PAC deduction rules; ban tax-funded tax hike electioneering.
   • House Roll Call 504 on December 16, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 655 on December 16, 2015.

Senate Bill 306: Join balanced budget compact
Join interstate federal balanced budget compact.
   • Senate Roll Call 370 on September 17, 2015.

House Bill 4226: Expand technology business subsidies
Increase number of "smart zone" TIFs.
   • House Roll Call 217 on June 3, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 311 on June 18, 2015.

House Bill 4470: Increase food store license fee
Increase license fees on food establishments including supermarkets, warehouses, processors, etc.
   • House Roll Call 192 on May 21, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 258 on June 3, 2015.

Senate Bill 69: Increase job training subsidies.
Increase employer job training subsidies through community colleges.
   • House Roll Call 267 on June 18, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 24 on February 25, 2015.

House Bill 4122: Repeal film subsidies
End giving tax dollars to film producers.
   • House Roll Call 26 on March 11, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 304 on June 18, 2015.

House Bill 4637: Permissive Uber regs
Authorize regulations that let Uber and others operate, including a preemption of local bans or regs.
   • House Roll Call 261 on June 17, 2015.

House Bill 4189: Honor adoption agency moral convictions
Don't make private adoption agency participate in homosexual adoption.
   • House Roll Call 36 on March 18, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 282 on June 10, 2015.

House Bill 4052: Preempt local employer mandates
Preempt local employer wage, benefit or labor law mandates.
   • House Roll Call 173 on May 20, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 293 on June 11, 2015.

House Bill 4467: Allow more prisoners at private prison
Let more dangerous adult prisoners be held at private prison.
   • House Roll Call 125 on May 7, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 250 on May 27, 2015.

Senate Bill 3: Repeal “prevailing wage"
Repeal “prevailing wage” law that privileges unions
   • Senate Roll Call 173 on May 14, 2015.

House Bill 4015: Repeal ticket scalping ban
To repeal a law that bans sport and entertainment ticket “scalping”
   • House Roll Call 45 on March 25, 2015.

House Bill 4636: Ease self storage insurance rule
Clarify self-service storage operator needs no license to sell insurance on contents.
   • House Roll Call 326 on September 29, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 207 on April 28, 2016.

Senate Bill 437: Enact Obama 'Clean Power" Rule in MI law.
Enact utility-friendly regulation, expand wind turbines, tear down coal plants.
   • House Roll Call 332 on October 26, 2017.
   • Senate Roll Call 331 on September 12, 2017.


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