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Legislative Report Cards

2014 HJTA Legislative Report Card

Our report card is designed to help Californians gauge how their state representatives are actually performing on taxpayer-related issues both positive and negative. Positive proposals include bills strengthening transparency provisions for the reporting of local property parcel taxes, negative bills include tax increases and direct attacks on Proposition 13.

This year, we slightly changed our scoring system to include a two year scoring average. This is more in line with the two-year cycles that historically have been adopted by the California Legislature. Five legislators have received a perfect 100 percent average over the last two years: Assemblymembers Brian Dahle, Tim Donnelly, Beth Gaines and State Senators Joel Anderson and Mark Wyland.

The 2013 scores stem from 15 bills. For more information about our methodology and scoring system go hjta.org or e-mail Legislative Director David Wolfe at: david@hjta.org

LEGISLATOR
Two Year Average
GRADE
Achadjian75C
Alejo31.5F
Allen95.2A
Ammiano27.5F
Atkins16.7F
Bigelow87.8B+
Bloom16.6F
Bocanegra18.2F
Bonilla28.9F
Bonta19.6F
Bradford26.9F
Brown36.9F
Buchanan24.6F
Calderon18.6F
Campos16.9F
Chau31.6F
Chavez95.1A
Chesbro15.6F
Conway92.4A-
Cooley47.9F
Dababneh57.9D
Dahle100A
Daly30.9F
Dickinson31.6F
Donnelly100A
Eggman27.6F
Fong21.5F
Fox57.3D
Frazier21F
Gaines100A
Garcia22.9F
Gatto33.2F
Gomez21.1F
Gonzalez23.4F
Gordon30F
Gorell90.8A-
Gray36.9F
Grove95.3A
Hagman91.3A-
Hall21.3F
Harkey91.2A-
Hernandez36.1F
Holden18.1F
Jones97.4A
Jones-Sawyer31.6F
Levine25F
Linder91.9A-
Logue95.9A
Lowenthal33.3F
Maienschein97.8A
Mansoor92.9A
Medina31.3F
Melendez92.6A
Mullin53.4F
Muratsuchi47.5F
Nazarian18.1F
Nestande90.9A-
Olsen85B
Pan32.6F
Patterson88.9B
Perea30.7F
Perez18.1F
V. Manuel Perez22F
Quirk16F
Quirk-Silva59D
Rendon25.9F
Ridley-Thomas31.6F
Rodriguez32.5F
Salas64.8D
Skinner30F
Stone30F
Ting17F
Wagner95A
Waldron96A
Weber22F
Wieckowski15.6F
Wilk94.9A
Williams25F
Yamada31.6F
SENATOR
Two Year Average
GRADE
Anderson100A
Beall14.3F
Berryhill91.5A
Block18.7F
Cannella78.7C
Corbett19.5F
Correa51.5D
De Leon23.6F
DeSaulnier29.6F
Evans19.2F
Fuller90A
Gaines97.4A
Galgiani29.6F
Hancock22.5F
Hernandez31.5F
Hill17.9F
Hueso19.6F
Huff84.7B
Jackson24F
Knight97.1A
Lara33.4F
Leno21.2F
Lieu23.4F
Liu16.3F
Mitchell31.3F
Monning22.7F
Morrell98A
Nielsen98.5A
Padilla21.5F
Pavley35F
Roth30.4F
Steinberg16.4F
Torres37.9F
Vidak100**A
Walters87.1B
Wolk28.9F
Wyland100A

NOTE:
Only policy committee and Floor votes are included in the scorecard.

The votes for State Senators Calderon, Wright, & Yee will not be included due to their suspension or resignation from that office.

Senator Vidak’s grade only includes votes during the 2014 year, due to his assuming office in a special election late in 2013.

2013 Legislative Report Card

Our report card is designed to help Californians gauge how their state representatives are actually performing on taxpayer-related issues including tax increases and direct attacks on Proposition 13.

Nine legislators received perfect scores in 2013: Assembly Members Brian Dahle, Tim Donnelly, Beth Gaines and Brian Jones, and State Senators Joel Anderson, Ted Gaines, Steve Knight, Jim Nielsen, and Mark Wyland.

The 2013 scores stem from 20 bills.

For more information about our methodology and scoring system please e-mail Legislative Director David Wolfe at: david@htja.org

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District
Assembly Member
Party
Grade
%
1DahleRA100
2ChesbroDF1.1
3LogueRA94
4YamadaDF0
5BigelowRC78.1
6GainesRA100
7DickinsonDF0
8CooleyDF38.3
9PanDF1.1
10LevineDF0
11FrazierDF1.1
12OlsenRC75
13EggmanDF0
14BonillaDF0
15SkinnerDF0
16BuchananDF13.4
17AmmianoDF27.5
18BontaDF2.7
19TingDF1.1
20QuirkDF0.5
21GrayDF13.3
22MullinDF0
23PattersonRA92
24GordonDF0
25WieckowskiDF2.2
26ConwayRA90
27CamposDF2.2
28FongDF5
29StoneDF0
30AlejoDF0
31PereaDF6.4
32SalasDF49.5
33DonnellyRA100
34GroveRA90.5
35AchadjianRD67.1
36FoxDF35.6
37WilliamsDF10
38WilkRA95
39BocanegraDF3.8
40MorrellRA96
41HoldenDF6.2
42NestandeRA92.9
43GattoDF6.3
44GorellRB84.1
46NazarianDF6.2
47BrownDF0
48HernandezDF0
49ChauDF0
50BloomDF2.2
51GomezDF0
53PerezDF1.9
54MitchellDF5
55HagmanRA95
56Perez, V. ManuelDF2.1
58GarciaDF13.3
59Jones-SawyerDF0
60LinderRA91.3
61MedinaDF5
62BradfordDF0
63RendonDF0
64HallDF5
65Quirk-SilvaDF32.2
66MuratsuchiDF30
67*MelendezRB87.1
68WagnerRA95
69DalyDF14.2
70LowenthalDF0
71JonesRA100
72AllenRA90.5
73HarkeyRA95.3
74MansoorRA97.5
75WaldronRA91.9
76ChavezRA95.4
77MaienscheinRA95.7
78AtkinsDF1.7
79WeberDF13.3
80GonzalezDF13.3
District
Senator
Party
Grade
%
1GainesRA100
2EvansDF8.9
3WolkDF0
4NielsenRA100
5GalgianiDF17
6SteinbergDF6.3
7DeSaulnierDF0
8YeeDF0
9HancockDF6
10CorbettDF3.7
11LenoDF10
12CannellaRD62.6
13HillDF6.3
14BerryhillRB85.7
15BeallDF2.6
17MonningDF11
18FullerRB80
19JacksonDF8.6
20PadillaDF6.2
21KnightRA100
22De LeonDF9
23EmmersonRC70.8
24HernandezDF6.8
25LiuDF5.7
27PavleyDF0
28LieuDF5
29HuffRC75.2
30CalderonDF14.2
31RothDF13.8
32TorresDF16.9
33LaraDF0.8
34CorreaDF41.9
35WrightDF30.9
36AndersonRA100
37WaltersRB82.5
38WylandRA100
39BlockDF11
40HuesoDF6.9

NOTE:
Only policy committee and floor votes are included in the scorecard.

The votes of Assembly Members Blumenfield, Hueso and Torres aren’t included due to their election during the year to another office.

The grade for Andy Vidak wasn’t included due to his not making enough votes. He assumed office in the State Senate following a July Special Election.

Former State Senator Curren Price did not receive a grade due to his resignation from the Senate to pursue another office.

The grades for Senators Hueso and Torres, and Assembly Member Gonzalez, may be skewed due to their assuming office later in the year.

Any floor vote for the two car tax proposals, Assembly Bill 8 and Senate Bill 11 resulted in an automatic ten-point reduction.

Only the final floor votes for SB 142 and SB 254 are included, as HJTA had not taken a position on prior versions of these bills.

Only the final floor votes are included for AB 1112, due to it being a gut-and-amend proposal.

*Due to personal absence this grade may not accurately reflect Assembly Member Melendez’s positive record on behalf of taxpayers.

2012 Legislative Report Card

Our report card is designed to help Californians gauge how their state representatives are actually performing on taxpayer-related issues.

The 2012 scores stem from 20 bills.

For more information about our methodology and scoring system please e-mail Legislative Director David Wolfe at: david@htja.org

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District
Assembly Member
Party
Grade
%
1ChesbroDF0
2NielsenRA90.5
3LogueRA98.1
4GainesRA100
5PanDF0
6HuffmanDF0
7AllenDF0
8YamadaDF0
9DickinsonDF0
10HuberDF0
11BonillaDF0
12MaDF0
13AmmianoDF0
14SkinnerDF0
15BuchananDF0
16SwansonDF0
17GalgianiDF0
18HayashiDF0
19HillDF0
20WieckowskiDF0
21GordonDF0
22FongDF0
23CamposDF0
24BeallDF0
25OlsenRC77.5
26Berryhill, BillRA90.5
27MonningDF0
28AlejoDF0
29HaldermanRA93.2
30ValadaoRB83.4
31PereaDF0
32GroveRA100
33AchadjianRD60
34ConwayRA95.3
35WilliamsDF0
36KnightRA100
37GorellRB81.8
38SmythRF40
39FuentesDF0
40BlumenfieldDF0
40PortantinoDF0
41BrownleyDF0
42FeuerDF0
43GattoDF0
45CedilloDF0
46Perez, JohnDF0
47MitchellDF0
48DavisDF0
49EngDF0
50LaraDF0
51BradfordDF0
52HallDF0
53ButlerDF0
54LowenthalDF0
55FurutaniDF0
56MendozaDF0
57HernandezDF0
58CalderonDF0
59DonnellyRA100
60HagmanRB83.4
61TorresDF0
62CarterDF0
63MorrellRA100
64NestandeRC71.4
65CookRB85.7
66JeffriesRA97.9
67SilvaRA100
68MansoorRA95
69SolorioDF0
70WagnerRA95.7
71MillerRB87
72NorbyRB86.6
73HarkeyRA97.9
74GarrickRA100
75FletcherIF0
76AtkinsDF0
77JonesRA97.8
District
Senator
Party
Grade
%
1GainesRA100
2EvansDF0
3LenoDF0
4LaMalfaRA96.5
5WolkDF0
6SteinbergDF0
7DeSaulnierDF0
8YeeDF0
9HancockDF0
10CorbettDF0
11SimitianDF0
12CannellaRC77.5
13AlquistDF0
14Berryhill, TomRB87.5
15BlakesleeRC78.6
16RubioDF0
17RunnerRN/A*0
18FullerRB81.3
19StricklandRA90
20PadillaDF0
21LiuDF0
22De LeonDF0
23PavleyDF0
24HernandezDF0
25WrightDF16.6
26PriceDF-45
27LowenthalDF0
28LieuDF0
29HuffRA95.2
30Calderon, RonDF0
31DuttonRA92.9
32Negrete McLeodDF0
33WaltersRA100
34CorreaDF40
35HarmanRD63.3
36AndersonRA100
37EmmersonRD53.4
38WylandRA90
39KehoeDF0
40VargasDF0

NOTE:
Only policy committee and Floor votes are included in the scorecard.

AB 1492, AB 1500, and SB 1455 were three major tax increases in the 2012 legislative year. A vote for any of these resulted in an automatic 15 point reduction.

Only the final Floor votes for AB 2451 have been included, as HJTA had not taken a position on prior versions of the bill.

Only the final floor votes are included with SB 1455, due to it being a gut-and-amend proposal.

*State Senator Sharon Runner did not receive a grade due to personal health reasons.

2011 Legislative Report Card

Our report card is designed to help Californians gauge how their state representatives are actually performing on taxpayer-related issues.

The 2011 scores stem from 22 bills. This year we double-weighted two bills: ABX1 40 and Assembly Constitutional Amendment 6, as they represented a tax increase and a threat to Proposition 13 and the initiative process, respectively. Also for the first time, we did not give a score to a legislator. Since March, State Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Ventura) has been serving our country overseas in Afghanistan and was unable to vote on many legislative bills.

For this evaluation to be as fair and non-partisan as possible, we have taken a number of steps to ensure that the scorecard is balanced. We adjusted our grade levels downward to ensure a legislator gets a “C” grade if they agree with the taxpayers’ positions more than half the time. Despite this, 76 legislators still received grades of “D” or “F.” And, as has been our practice, we have given half-credit for all vote abstentions on bills. As legislators are constantly buffeted by special interests and their own leadership, we want to ensure that those who don’t vote for bills that increase government spending are rewarded accordingly.

For more information about our methodology and scoring system please e-mail Legislative Director David Wolfe at: david@htja.org

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District
Assembly Member
Party
Grade
%
1ChesbroDF22.9
2NielsenRA91.7
3LogueRA94.6
4GainesRA92
5PanDF21.7
6HuffmanDF12.5
7AllenDF12.5
8YamadaDF13
9DickinsonDF12.5
10HuberDD45.9
11BonillaDF14.3
12MaDF16
13AmmianoDF16
14SkinnerDF12.5
15BuchananDD26
16SwansonDF11.5
17GalgianiDD28
18HayashiDF14.6
19HillDF17.4
20WieckowskiDF12
21GordonDF17.6
22FongDF11.5
23CamposDF13.3
24BeallDF12
25OlsenRB86.9
26Berryhill, BillRB89.1
27MonningDF16
28AlejoDF12.9
29HaldermanRA100
30ValadaoRB88.4
31PereaDF20.4
32GroveRA100
33AchadjianRB87.5
34ConwayRA100
35WilliamsDF16
36KnightRA95
37GorellRN/A*0
38SmythRC79
39FuentesDF14.6
40BlumenfieldDF14
41BrownleyDF16.7
42FeuerDF12.5
43GattoDF24
44PortantinoDF15.2
45CedilloDF11.5
46Perez, JohnDF13
47MitchellDF20.8
48DavisDF15.4
49EngDF15.3
50LaraDF13
51BradfordDF13.3
52HallDD26.8
53ButlerDF16.7
53LowenthalDF12
55FurutaniDF14
56MendozaDF11.5
57HernandezDF14.6
58CalderonDF11.5
59DonnellyRA100
60HagmanRA93.4
61TorresDF22.9
62CarterDF16.7
63MorrellRA100
64NestandeRB85.2
65CookRA93.7
66JeffriesRA92
67SilvaRA98
68MansoorRA96
69SolorioDF16.7
70WagnerRA90
71MillerRA93.7
72NorbyRA93.7
73HarkeyRA96.3
74GarrickRA90
75FletcherRB82.6
76AtkinsDF15.4
77JonesRA93.8
District
Senator
Party
Grade
%
1GainesRA96.8
2EvansDF17.3
3LenoDF17.9
4LaMalfaRA91.5
5WolkDF21.3
6SteinbergDF14.8
7DeSaulnierDF14.9
8YeeDF16
9HancockDF17.1
10CorbettDF17.9
11SimitianDF20
12CannellaRB80
13AlquistDF19.7
14Berryhill, TomRB82.7
15BlakesleeRB85
16RubioDF19
17RunnerRB87.5
18FullerRB89.3
19StricklandRB80.3
20PadillaDF14.3
21LiuDF17.6
22De LeonDF18.4
23PavleyDF16.6
24HernandezDF15.1
25WrightDD28.8
26PriceDF17.9
27LowenthalDF20.6
28LieuDF16.7
29HuffRA91.4
30Calderon, RonDD28.9
31DuttonRA90
32Negrete McLeodDD32.8
33WaltersRA94.2
34CorreaDC64.6
35HarmanRB88
36AndersonRA96.3
37EmmersonRB85.9
38WylandRB86.6
39KehoeDF13.9
40VargasDF18.5

NOTE:
The final Floor votes for SB 116 are included as that was the Senate Floor version of ABX1 40 (tax reform).

Floor votes for Assembly Constitutional Amendment 6 & AB X1 40/SB 116 were double-weighted.

All votes for SB 202 are included since HJTA opposed both versions of this bill.

Only the final votes for SB 922, AB 101 & AB 1019 are included as these were gut-and-amend proposals.

*Assembly Member Jeff Gorell did not receive a grade due to his faithfully serving our country overseas.

2010 Legislative Report Card

Our report card is designed to help Californians gauge how their state representatives are actually performing on taxpayer-related issues. For the 2010 legislative season, 18 bills were used to evaluate and grade voting records. A good number of these bills deal with tax increases – often masquerading as fees — or direct assaults on Proposition 13 and Proposition 218, the Right to Vote on Taxes Act. Others deal with measures that would inhibit the voters’ ability to engage in the initiative process that is so important to taxpayers.

For this evaluation to be as fair and non-partisan as possible, we have given half-credit for all vote abstentions on bills that would increase the burden on taxpayers. We understand that it can be difficult for lawmakers to resist pressure from legislative leadership and special interest lobbyists, and have chosen to acknowledge this by giving partial credit.

The 2010 scores reflect what a difficult and partisan legislative year it was. A majority of legislators in both houses received a score of D or F. At the top end of the scale, only 19 legislators received ‘A’ grades. Of these there were five members who received perfect score of 100% for 2010. Assemblyman Ted Gaines deserves special mention. He has now received a perfect score twice, continuing his strong reputation as a solid defender of taxpayers.

For more information about our methodology and scoring system please e-mail Legislative Director David Wolfe at: david@htja.org

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District
Assembly Member
Party
Grade
%
1ChesbroDF15
2NielsenRB88.8
3LogueRA90.4
4GainesRA100
5NielloRA100
6HuffmanDF13
7EvansDF13
8YamadaDF18.4
9JonesDF11.9
10HuberDC61.1
11TorlaksonDF20.3
12MaDF18.4
13AmmianoDF20
14SkinnerDF15
15BuchananDF18.4
16SwansonDF14.3
17GalgianiDF21.1
18HayashiDF15.8
19HillDF15
20TorricoDF23.7
21RuskinDF15
22FongDF13
23CotoDF16.7
24BeallDF20
25Berryhill, TomRB89.5
26Berryhill, BillRB85
27MonningDF13
28CaballeroDF20
29VillinesRB86.1
30GilmoreRB81.6
31ArambulaIF14.8
32FullerRB88.9
33BlakesleeRB80
34ConwayRB89.5
35NavaDF13
36KnightRB88.3
37StricklandRB86.1
38SmythRC76
39FuentesDF25
40BlumenfieldDF15.8
41BrownleyDF16
42FeuerDF12.5
43GattoDF27.3
44PortantinoDF20
45De LeonDF15
46Perez, JohnDF13.9
47BassDF21
48DavisDF14
49EngDF20
50De La TorreDF15
51BradfordDF13.4
52HallDF22.3
53LieuDF16.7
54LowenthalDF15.8
55FurutaniDF21
56MendozaDF21.4
57HernandezDF18.4
57CalderonDF2.2
58CalderonDD35.7
59AdamsRC77.5
60HagmanRB84.8
61TorresDF20
62CarterDF19
63EmmersonRA90.5
64NestandeRA90
65CookRB86.1
66JeffriesRB86
67SilvaRB86
68TranRA95.4
69SolorioDF13
70DeVoreRA100
71MillerRB89.5
72NorbyRA90
73HarkeyRA94.7
74GarrickRA91.1
75FletcherRA91.6
76SaldanaDF18.1
77AndersonRB89.5
78BlockDF26.3
79SalasDF15
80Perez, ManuelDF26.2
District
Senator
Party
Grade
%
3LenoDF25
4AanestadRA95
5WolkDD37.5
6SteinbergDF23.3
7DeSaulnierDF15.2
8YeeDF29.4
9HancockDF26.1
10CorbettDF22.2
11SimitianDF29.4
12DenhamRB86.1
13AlquistDD32.3
14CogdillRB86.6
16FlorezDD31.3
17RunnerRA100
18AshburnRA90.6
19StricklandRA90.6
20PadillaDD35.3
21LiuDF27.8
22CedilloDF26.7
23PavleyDF25
24RomeroDD43.8
25WrightDD37.5
26PriceDD31.8
27LowenthalDF25
29HuffRA96.9
30CalderonDC60
31DuttonRA100
32Negrete McLeodDC71.9
33WaltersRC79
34CorreaDB82.3
35HarmanRB80
36HollingsworthRA96.9
38WylandRA90
39KehoeDF20
40DuchenyDD34.4

NOTE:
Senators Benoit, Cox, Oropeza, Maldonado and Wiggins did not receive votes due to death in office, ongoing health issues or appointment to an office outside the Legislature.

Assemblymembers Blakeslee and Emmerson were elected to fill Senate seats during 2010. Any Senate votes they took have been included in their Assembly scores.

Assembly Member Mike Gatto was elected in a Special Election to finish the term of Paul Krekorian. Due to the timing of this election, Mr. Gatto’s vote totals may be fewer then his peers.

Assemblywoman Audra Strickland and Senator Mimi Walters missed numerous votes due to health and personal issues. Their grades are not an accurate reflection of their sterling records on behalf of taxpayers.

Due to a change in our position, only the final legislative Floor votes on AB 1718 (Blumenfield) are included.

2009 Legislative Report Card

The 2009 Legislative Report Card rates lawmakers based on their votes on 35 bills. As HJTA has done in previous years, 14 bills were double-weighted, including all six constitutional amendments that attacked Proposition 13 or 218. Also, all legislators voting for February’s $12.6 billion in new income, sales and car taxes received an automatic 20 point deduction.

Regarding individual legislators, HJTA is pleased to report that for the second consecutive year, Assembly Member Joel Anderson has received a perfect score from HJTA. He is joined in this fine accomplishment by Assembly Member Diane Harkey. These two legislators are now in rare company; over the last three years only five legislators have aced the scorecard.

For more information about our methodology and scoring system please e-mail Legislative Director David Wolfe at: david@htja.org

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District
Assembly Member
Party
Grade
%
1ChesbroDF0
2NielsenRA95.9
3LogueRA93.9
4GainesRA95.6
5NielloRC77.2
6HuffmanDF0
7EvansDF0
8YamadaDF1.9
9JonesDF0
10HuberDF28.5
11TorlaksonDF0
12MaDF0
13AmmianoDF0
14SkinnerDF0
15BuchananDF0
16SwansonDF0
17GalgianiDF24.7
18HayashiDF0
19HillDF0
20TorricoDF0
21RuskinDF0
22FongDF0
23CotoDF0
24BeallDF0
25Berryhill, TomRB84.4
26Berryhill, BillRB84.9
27MonningDF0
28CaballeroDF0
29VillinesRC71.9
30GilmoreRB82.4
31ArambulaIF12.2
32FullerRA96.9
33BlakesleeRA95.1
34ConwayRA96
35NavaDF0
36KnightRA99
37StricklandRA97
38SmythRA90.6
39FuentesDF0
40BlumenfieldDF0
41BrownleyDF0
42FeuerDF0
43KrekorianDF0
44PortantinoDF0
45De LeonDF0
46Perez, JohnDF0
47BassDF0
48DavisDF0
49EngDF0
50De La TorreDF0
51PriceDF0
52HallDF0
53LieuDF0
54LowenthalDF0
55FurutaniDF0
56MendozaDF0
57HernandezDF0
58CalderonDF0
59AdamsRC74.5
60HagmanRA91.9
61TorresDF0
62CarterDF0
63EmmersonRB89.7
64NestandeRA92.7
65CookRA94
66JeffriesRA97.2
67SilvaRA98.5
68TranRA95.6
69SolorioDF0
70DeVoreRA97.3
71MillerRA98.2
72DuvallRA94.4
73HarkeyRA100
74GarrickRA94.7
75FletcherRA91.5
76SaldanaDF0
77AndersonRA100
78BlockDF2.2
79SalasDF0
80Perez, ManuelDF6.5
District
Senator
Party
Grade
%
1CoxRB84.6
2WigginsDF0
3LenoDF0
4AanestadRA92.9
5WolkDF0
6SteinbergDF0
7DeSaulnierDF0
8YeeDF0
9HancockDF0
10CorbettDF0
11SimitianDF0
12DenhamRA93.9
13AlquistDF0
14CogdillRC67.5
15MaldonadoRD57.1
16FlorezDF0
17RunnerRA93.7
18AshburnRC66.3
19StricklandRA97.6
20PadillaDF0
21LiuDF0
22CedilloDF0
23PavleyDF0
24RomeroDF0
25WrightDF0
27LowenthalDF0
28OropezaDF0
29HuffRA95.4
30CalderonDF0
31DuttonRB89
32Negrete McLeodDD38.8
33WaltersRA93.9
34CorreaDC64.9
35HarmanRC79.2
36HollingsworthRA97.3
37BenoitRB87.9
38WylandRB88.7
39KehoeDF0
40DuchenyDF8.8

2008 Legislative Report Card

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Annual Legislative Report Card is designed to help Californians gauge how their state representatives are performing on taxpayer-related issues. For the 2008 legislative season, 29 bills were used to evaluate and grade voting records. Reflecting the gravity of these bills, one-third (10) are double-weighted. Most of these are bills that deal with tax increases — often masquerading as fees — or direct assaults on Proposition 13 and Proposition 218, the Right to Vote on Taxes Act.

Only 28 legislators (23 percent) received an “A” this year, a record low in the report card’s six-year history.

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District
Assembly Member
Party
Grade
%
1BergF7.9
2La MalfaA97.9
3KeeneA96
4GainesA100
5NielloA90
6HuffmanF10.6
7EvansF11.5
8WolkF11.8
9JonesF11.5
10NakanishiA96.8
11DeSaulnierF12.3
12MaF14.7
13LenoF13.5
14HancockF7.9
15HoustonC74
16SwansonF8.8
17GalgianiD37.5
18HayashiF8.1
19MullinF8.6
20TorricoF9.4
21RuskinF6.7
22LieberF12.5
23CotoF9.1
24BeallF8.6
25BerryhillB82.8
26AghazarianC71.7
27LairdF9
28CaballeroF15.8
29VillinesA90.6
30ParraF23.5
31ArambulaF7.9
32FullerA93.3
33BlakesleeA91.2
34MazeA94.1
35NavaF9.6
36Runner*0
37StricklandA100
38SmythA93.8
39FuentesF9.7
40LevineF12.8
41BrownleyF7.7
42FeuerF10.5
43KrekorianF9
44PortantinoF7
45De LeonF9.4
46NunezF14.1
47BassF9.7
48DavisF15.5
49EngF7.1
50De La TorreF10.5
51PriceF11.4
52DymallyF14.1
53LieuF21.2
54KarnetteF11.8
55FurutaniF9.8
56MendozaF16.2
57HernandezF11.7
58CalderonF22.9
59AdamsB82.5
60HuffB88.1
61Soto*0
62CarterF8.3
63EmmersonA92.8
64BenoitA91.4
65CookB81.4
66JeffriesA98.5
67SilvaA97
68TranB86.4
69SolorioF13.8
70DeVoreA98.7
71SpitzerA90.9
72DuvallA96.6
73WaltersA100
74GarrickA94.3
75PlesciaC77.9
76SaldanaF14.2
77AndersonA100
78HortonB80.2
79SalasF9.4
80GarciaB86
District
Senator
Party
Grade
%
1CoxB82.8
2WigginsF8.3
3MigdenF4.8
4AanestadA97
5MachadoD57.6
6SteinbergF5.6
7TorlaksonF8.6
8YeeF8.9
9PerataF4.8
10CorbettF6.6
11SimitianF4.7
12DenhamB87.5
13AlquistF7.4
14CogdillA92
15MaldonadoC77.6
16FlorezF6.1
17Runner*B81.1
18AshburnB82.1
19McClintockA90.3
20PadillaF4.2
21ScottF7.4
22CedilloF6.4
23KuehlF5.6
24RomeroF6.3
25Vincent*0
26Ridley-ThomasF16.7
27LowenthalF3
28OropezaF8.3
29MargettB81
30CalderonF12.5
31DuttonB87.8
32Negrete McLeodD31.8
33AckermanA90
34CorreaC60
35HarmanB83.4
36HollingsworthA98.2
37BattinA93.8
38WylandA92.4
39KehoeF6.5
40DuchenyF16

NOTE:
* Assembly Members Runner and Soto, and Senators Runner and Vincent, missed an extensive number of votes for illness or personal reasons. Missed votes can have an impact on the final grade and make the results a less reliable measure of a lawmaker’s true attitude regarding taxpayer issues.

Those legislators who carried HJTA-sponsored pro-taxpayer legislation (Assembly Members Benoit, DeVore, Duvall and Gaines) received one extra ‘+’ mark.

2007 Legislative Report Card

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Annual Legislative Report Card is designed to help Californians gauge how their state representatives are performing on taxpayer-related issues. For the 2007 legislative session, 49 bills were used to evaluate and grade voting records. Practically all of these bills deal with tax increases — often masquerading as fees — or direct assaults on Proposition 13 and Proposition 218, the Right to Vote on Taxes Act.

In a change from previous years, we have double-weighted those bills with the most serious consequences for taxpayers, which we have dubbed “Taxpayer Traps.”

Finally, we triple-weighted Assembly Constitutional Amendment 8, our number one target this legislative session. While portraying itself as an eminent domain reform measure, ACA 8 actually would have inserted more loopholes into the takings process, making it easier for local governments to seize property, including homes, for the benefit of other private interests.

Find Your Legislator

Click the button above to search for your Assembly and Senate Representatives by entering your address, then return to this page to see how they have performed for you.

District
Assembly Member
Party
Grade
%
1BergF4.6
2La MalfaA99
3KeeneA98.7
4GainesA97.9
5NielloA98.4
6HuffmanF3.7
7EvansF4.5
8WolkF5.7
9JonesF5.1
10NakanishiA96.8
11DeSaulnierF3.4
12MaF4.1
13LenoF4.7
14HancockF3.6
15HoustonA94.2
16SwansonF7.5
17GalgianiC55.4
18HayashiF6.1
19MullinF7.5
20TorricoF8.7
21RuskinF1.8
22LieberF3.3
23CotoF4.5
24BeallF4.8
25BerryhillA96.8
26AghazarianA92.7
27LairdF3.5
28CaballeroF4.4
29VillinesA99.1
30ParraD24.6
31ArambulaF7.4
32FullerA98.5
33BlakesleeA93.8
34MazeA95.9
35NavaF5.1
36RunnerA93.5
37Strickland*B77.8
38SmythA95.2
39FuentesF7.5
40LevineF6.1
41BrownlyF4.5
42FeuerF4.3
43KrekorianF4.6
44PortantinoF4.9
45De LeonF3.5
46NunezF4.1
48DavisF4.9
49EngF7.6
50De La TorreF6.3
51PriceF6
52DymallyF7.7
53LieuD11.9
54KarnetteF4.2
55Richardson*D31.2
56MendozaF7.5
57HernandezF8.2
58CalderonF10.7
59AdamsA95.7
60HuffA97.8
61Soto*D23.6
62CarterF7.4
63EmmersonA94.5
64BenoitA96.7
65CookA92
66JeffriesA96.8
67SilvaA94.8
68TranA93.5
69SolorioF5.7
70DeVoreA96.8
71SpitzerA95.9
72DuvallA97.4
73WaltersA100
74GarrickA97.5
75PlesciaA96.1
76SaldanaF3.5
77AndersonA98.5
78HortonB89.1
79SalasF7.5
80GarciaA93.4
District
Senator
Party
Grade
%
1CoxA95.8
2WigginsD14.3
3MigdenD10.3
4AanestadA90.2
5MachadoD21.9
6SteinbergF3
7TorlaksonF4.5
8YeeF6
9PerataF10
10CorbettF4.1
11SimitianF9.1
12DenhamA98.1
13AlquistF6
14CogdillA96.3
15MaldonadoB85.4
16FlorezD11.1
17RunnerA93.7
18AshburnA97.4
19McClintockA97.1
20PadillaF7
21ScottD12
22CedilloF4.5
23KuehlF6.3
24RomeroF8.7
25Vincent*D21.6
26Ridley-ThomasF5.5
27LowenthalF8.6
28OropezaF9.7
29MargettB88.5
30CalderonD13.6
31DuttonA93.4
32Negrete McLeodD19.9
33AckermanA100
34CorreaC59.4
35HarmanA97.9
36HollingsworthA99
37Battin*B75.8
38WylandA98.9
39KehoeF6.8
40DuchenyD23

NOTE:
* Senators Battin and Vincent, and Assembly Members Soto and Strickland, missed a number of votes for illness or important personal reasons. Assembly Member Richardson missed votes due to being elected to Congress. Missed votes can have an impact on the final grade and make the results a less reliable measure of a lawmaker’s true attitude regarding taxpayer issues.

Some bills included opposition from the “Stop the Hidden Taxes Coalition,” of which HJTA is a member. This was sometimes used in place of a direct letter from the organization.

HJTA’s “Taxpayer Traps,” or the bills that would have the most impact on taxpayers, were weighted double.

Assembly Constitutional Amendment 8, HJTA’s #1 target, was triple-weighted.

SB 1, SB 93 and SB 976 were “gut and amend” bills included on the scorecard. Only those votes beginning with the major amendments were included.