Texans for Fiscal Responsibility/Empower Texans released its 7th biennial legislative scorecard today (Thursday), and just 17 legislators scored above 80, corresponding to grades of A and B. This is the smallest such number in the Fiscal Responsibility Index’s history. Fourteen House members scored above 80, marking the fourth consecutive drop from the previous session. Just three senators scored above 80, a significant drop from 17 in 2017. These scores come at the end of a six-year period in which the group’s PAC has spent more than $11.5M on Republican primary races.
“With a legislative session relatively short on results, most lawmakers didn’t make the grade,” wrote Cary Cheshire, vice president of Empower Texans, in a post on Texas Scorecard. “Only a total of seven received a grade of 90 percent or above and the distinction of being named Taxpayer Champions.” Those seven were Sen. Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) and Reps. Kyle Biedermann (R-Fredericksburg), Briscoe Cain (R-Deer Park), Mike Lang (R-Granbury), Mayes Middleton (R-Wallisville), Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) and Tony Tinderholt (R-Arlington).
The average score of House Republicans was 59.8, the lowest average numerical score ever given, and the average Senate Republican scored 71.9, which is down nearly 16 points from 2017.
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