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Michigan Conservative Union - MCU Watchdog! 2015/6

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Our scorecard selects a representation of key votes in this session that might indicate the philosophy and political leanings of legislators on a broad base of issues. It is designed to represent the full spectrum of Michigan's Conservatives. This has been a frustrating session with lots of tax and fee increases and bailouts that offend our pocketbooks. In some of the key bills the Democrats voted against tax increases and bailouts because they wanted more. That has skewed the rating a bit. The scorecard might be used by voters to evaluate who deserves re-election. Where votes are missed we score them as against our recommended position. Your recommendation for key votes might be emailed to Errata#1- We changed the 5th issue, roll call 374 (already used in issue 3) to roll call 405.

WARNING: This scorecard contains duplicates roll call votes. Look for 'WARNING' in the legend.

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 >
67%Hune, Joe  (term)R ×××××××××
67%Pavlov, Phil  (term)R ×××××××××
67%Schuitmaker, Tonya  (term)R ×××××××××
63%Emmons, Judy  (term)R ××××××××××
63%Rocca, Tory  (term)R ××××××××××
59%Brandenburg, Jack  (term)R ×××××××××××
59%Proos, John  (term)R ×××××××××××
52%Shirkey, Mike  (term)R ×××××××××××××
48%Hood, Morris, III  (term)D ××××××××××××××
48%Hopgood, Hoon-Yung  (term)D ××××××××××××××
48%Knezek, David  (term)D ××××××××××××××
48%Young, Coleman, II  (term)D ××××××××××××××
44%Ananich, Jim  (term)D ×××××××××××××××
44%Bieda, Steve  (term)D ×××××××××××××××
44%Robertson, David  (term)R ×××××××××××××××
41%Booher, Darwin  (term)R ××××××××××××××××
41%Hildenbrand, Dave  (term)R ××××××××××××××××
41%Horn, Kenneth  (term)R ××××××××××××××××
41%Johnson, Bert  (term)D ××××××××××××××××
41%O'Brien, Margaret  (term)R ××××××××××××××××
41%Schmidt, Wayne  (term)R ××××××××××××××××
41%Warren, Rebekah  (term)D ××××××××××××××××
37%Green, Michael  (term)R ×××××××××××××××××
37%Gregory, Vincent  (term)D ×××××××××××××××××
37%Hansen, Goeff  (term)R ×××××××××××××××××
37%Hertel, Curtis, Jr.  (term)D ×××××××××××××××××
37%Jones, Rick  (term)R ×××××××××××××××××
37%MacGregor, Peter  (term)R ×××××××××××××××××
37%Marleau, Jim  (term)R ×××××××××××××××××
33%Casperson, Tom  (term)R ××××××××××××××××××
33%Knollenberg, Marty  (term)R ××××××××××××××××××
33%Meekhof, Arlan  (term)R ××××××××××××××××××
33%Stamas, Jim  (term)R ××××××××××××××××××
32%Smith, Virgil  (term)D ×××××××××××××××××
30%Kowall, Mike  (term)R ×××××××××××××××××××
26%Nofs, Mike  (term)R ××××××××××××××××××××
26%Zorn, Dale W.  (term)R ××××××××××××××××××××
Ideal House Vote >
100%Gamrat, Cindy  (term)R
81%Hooker, Thomas  (term)R ××××
75%LaGrand, David  (term)D ×
71%Runestad, Jim  (term)R ××××××
67%Brunner, Charles  (term)D ×××××××
67%Glenn, Gary  (term)R ×××××××
67%Theis, Lana  (term)R ×××××××
67%Yanez, Henry  (term)D ×××××××
62%Chatfield, Lee  (term)R ××××××××
62%Dianda, Scott  (term)D ××××××××
62%Goike, Ken  (term)R ××××××××
62%Greimel, Tim  (term)D ××××××××
62%LaVoy, Bill  (term)D ××××××××
62%Lucido, Peter  (term)R ××××××××
62%Somerville, Patrick  (term)R ××××××××
57%Brinks, Winnie  (term)D ×××××××××
57%McBroom, Ed  (term)R ×××××××××
57%Vaupel, Hank  (term)R ×××××××××
52%Barrett, Tom  (term)R ××××××××××
52%Chirkun, John  (term)D ××××××××××
52%Cole, Triston  (term)R ××××××××××
52%Kelly, Tim  (term)R ××××××××××
52%Lane, Marilyn  (term)D ××××××××××
50%Dillon, Brandon  (term)D ××××
50%Howell, Gary  (term)R ××
48%Afendoulis, Chris  (term)R ×××××××××××
48%Clemente, Paul D.  (term)D ×××××××××××
48%Cochran, Tom  (term)D ×××××××××××
48%Cox, Laura  (term)R ×××××××××××
48%Driskell, Gretchen  (term)D ×××××××××××
48%Franz, Ray  (term)R ×××××××××××
48%Garcia, Daniela  (term)R ×××××××××××
48%Geiss, Erika  (term)D ×××××××××××
48%Guerra, Vanessa  (term)D ×××××××××××
48%Irwin, Jeff  (term)D ×××××××××××
48%Jenkins, Nancy  (term)R ×××××××××××
48%Kesto, Klint  (term)R ×××××××××××
48%Kivela, John  (term)D ×××××××××××
48%Kosowski, Robert  (term)D ×××××××××××
48%Lyons, Lisa  (term)R ×××××××××××
48%Miller, Aaron  (term)R ×××××××××××
48%Pagel, David  (term)R ×××××××××××
48%Phelps, Phil  (term)D ×××××××××××
48%Potvin, Phil  (term)R ×××××××××××
48%Price, Amanda  (term)R ×××××××××××
48%Pscholka, Al  (term)R ×××××××××××
48%Robinson, Rose Mary  (term)D ×××××××××××
48%Smiley, Charles  (term)D ×××××××××××
48%VerHeulen, Rob  (term)R ×××××××××××
48%Victory, Roger  (term)R ×××××××××××
47%Miller, Derek  (term)D ×××××××××
43%Bizon, John  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Bumstead, Jon  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Byrd, Wendell  (term)D ××××××××××××
43%Canfield, Edward  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Cotter, Kevin  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Farrington, Jeff  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Forlini, Anthony  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Graves, Joseph  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Heise, Kurt  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Howrylak, Martin  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Hughes, Holly  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Iden, Brandt  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Inman, Larry  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Jacobsen, Bradford  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Johnson, Joel  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%LaFontaine, Andrea  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Lauwers, Dan  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Leonard, Tom  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Leutheuser, Eric  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Liberati, Frank  (term)D ××××××××××××
43%Maturen, David  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Nesbitt, Aric  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Outman, Rick  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Pettalia, Peter  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Plawecki, Julie  (term)D ××××××××××××
43%Poleski, Earl  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Rendon, Bruce  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Roberts, Brett  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Talabi, Alberta Tinsley  (term)D ××××××××××××
43%Tedder, Jim  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Webber, Michael  (term)R ××××××××××××
43%Yonker, Ken  (term)R ××××××××××××
38%Banks, Brian  (term)D ×××××××××××××
38%Chang, Stephanie  (term)D ×××××××××××××
38%Crawford, Kathy  (term)R ×××××××××××××
38%Darany, George T.  (term)D ×××××××××××××
38%Durhal, Fred, III  (term)D ×××××××××××××
38%Faris, Pam  (term)D ×××××××××××××
38%Garrett, LaTanya  (term)D ×××××××××××××
38%Gay-Dagnogo, Sherry  (term)D ×××××××××××××
38%Glardon, Ben  (term)R ×××××××××××××
38%Love, Leslie  (term)D ×××××××××××××
38%McCready, Michael  (term)R ×××××××××××××
38%Pagan, Kristy  (term)D ×××××××××××××
38%Roberts, Sarah  (term)D ×××××××××××××
38%Rutledge, David E.  (term)D ×××××××××××××
38%Sheppard, Jason  (term)R ×××××××××××××
38%Townsend, Jim  (term)D ×××××××××××××
38%Zemke, Adam  (term)D ×××××××××××××
33%Greig, Christine  (term)D ××××××××××××××
33%Hoadley, Jon  (term)D ××××××××××××××
33%Hovey-Wright, Marcia  (term)D ××××××××××××××
33%Schor, Andy  (term)D ××××××××××××××
33%Singh, Sam  (term)D ××××××××××××××
33%Wittenberg, Robert  (term)D ××××××××××××××
29%Callton, Mike  (term)R ×××××××××××××××
29%Moss, Jeremy  (term)D ×××××××××××××××
29%Muxlow, Paul  (term)R ×××××××××××××××
29%Neeley, Sheldon  (term)D ×××××××××××××××
25%Whiteford, Mary  (term)R ×××
24%Santana, Harvey  (term)D ××××××××××××××××

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 5291: Omnibus Budget Buster Bill
The Budget for FY 2017 is a whopping $ 55 Billion. This is up 17% from the first Snyder budget. Household income is up about 9.7%. The budget fails to do a zero-based review of expenditures and illustrates continuing government growth.
   • House Roll Call 181 on April 26, 2016.

House Bill 4738: Increase Fuel Tax
Despite 80% of the voters saying no, the legislature passed the gas and diesel fuel tax. Michigan has the highest cost of operating a vehicle in the Nation. Our economy is still reeling for millions un-employed and under-employed.
   • House Roll Call 374 on October 21, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 476 on November 3, 2015.

House Bill 4736: Vehicle Registration Tax Increase
Michigan already has a regressive tax by basing registration fees on the price of a new vehicle. Your vehicle might have cost $ 50,000 new and might be worth $ 3,000 now, but you pay tax as if it is worth the new price.
   • House Roll Call 373 on October 21, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 475 on November 3, 2015.

WARNING: This roll call vote duplicates Roll Call ID 718535.
Remove this duplicate roll call.
House Bill 4738: Fuel Tax Increase
80% of the voters said NO, but the legislature ignored us. Despite the fuel tax increase there will be no more money for roads for years. AND there will be automatic increased in taxes with fuel price increases.
   • House Roll Call 405 on November 3, 2015.

WARNING: This roll call vote duplicates Roll Call ID 718534.
Remove this duplicate roll call.
House Bill 4736: Registration Fee Increase - 2nd vote
This regressive tax is disproportionately higher for those driving older vehicles.
   • House Roll Call 406 on November 3, 2015.

House Bill 4344: Force OEM parts and unfair competition
This is a prime example of over-burdensome regulations. It would have diminished vehicle owner choices for repair parts by imposing original equipment parts, increasing costs for many repairs.
   • House Roll Call 334 on May 31, 2016.
   • Senate Roll Call 358 on June 1, 2016.

House Bill 4381: Occupational Licensing - Increase Fees
Licensing is another way government raises revenues. The average occupational license fee is $198 and requires 256 days of training or education. This limits competition, increases costs and costs jobs as 42% of common low income jobs now require licensing. And failing to comply has punishment.
   • House Roll Call 88 on April 29, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 227 on May 26, 2015.

Senate Bill 822: Detroit Public Schools first bailout
This was a $33 Million loan "down payment" that got the $617 Million bailout rolling.
   • House Roll Call 217 on May 5, 2016.
   • Senate Roll Call 129 on March 22, 2016.

House Bill 5383: Detroit Public School $ 617 Million Bailout
This is a part of a package that bails out Detroit Public Schools despite corruption and fraud. $200 M goes to operating costs and $ 417M to pay down some of DPS $ 3.4 B debt. Detoit has 24,000 students in 97 schools. Most Democrats voted no because they wanted even more money.
   • House Roll Call 419 on June 9, 2016.
   • Senate Roll Call 422 on June 8, 2016.

Senate Bill 492: Protect Franshisor from NLRB franchise Union Rule
Establishes the owner of the franchise is considered sole employee of workers. It protects against National unionization efforts, requiring organizing to happen as local businesses.
   • House Roll Call 493 on December 16, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 510 on November 10, 2015.

House Bill 4188: Adoptions can be refused on moral convictions
specify in statute that a “child placing agency” (private adoption agency or foster care service) is not required to assist or participate in an adoption or placement that violates its written religious or moral convictions, including adoptions of a child by a homosexual. Also, to prohibit a state agency from discriminating or taking an “adverse action” against an adoption agency for this reason.
   • House Roll Call 35 on March 18, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 280 on June 10, 2015.

House Bill 4604: Government erosion control permit exemptions
While we do not agree that erosion control permits are a legitimate government function, we support relaxing the regulation for farm activities not causing soil erosion.
   • House Roll Call 302 on September 17, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 632 on December 16, 2015.

House Bill 4159: Revise “gun free zone” CPL exception
The bill does not go far enough, but it allows ex-corrections officers to conceal-carry in schools and other gun-free zones.
   • House Roll Call 13 on February 25, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 514 on November 10, 2015.

House Bill 4122: Repeal film producer subsidies
repeal the program that gives Michigan tax dollars to film producers, as of Oct. 1. In the current fiscal year $50 million in subsidies to film producers have been authorized. Since 2008 some $500 million in state tax revenue has been distributed to producers, with not one permanent job being created.
   • House Roll Call 26 on March 11, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 304 on June 18, 2015.

House Bill 4041: Ban welfare for persistent truancy
Withhold welfare benefits from a household with children who are persistently truant from school. A truant child age 16 and above could be removed from the household. This does not apply to a home schooled child.
   • House Roll Call 50 on March 26, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 221 on May 26, 2015.

House Bill 4151: Repeal criminal sanctions for minor with BB gun
to repeal a law that makes it a misdemeanor for a minor unaccompanied by an adult to possess a BB pistol except in his or her own home or yard.
   • House Roll Call 18 on February 26, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 111 on April 29, 2015.

House Bill 4447: Increase/extend government license and permit fees
increase the license fees for hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and other health care facilities. Also, to extend a “Michigan Medicaid Quality Assurance Assessment” (MMQAA) tax on nursing homes for another four years, which is a bed tax used to “game” the federal Medicaid matching funds formula to generate more federal money for Michigan’s medical welfare programs.
   • House Roll Call 246 on June 11, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 272 on June 10, 2015.

Senate Bill 518: Establish Friend of the Court Bureau
Revise references in the state friend of the court law to reflect changes to a uniform interstate child support enforcement code proposed by Senate Bill 517.
   • House Roll Call 490 on December 16, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 636 on December 16, 2015.

House Bill 4930: Assessed Value on family transfer protected
exempt from the taxable value “pop up,” the transfer of a “life estate” interest in a principle residence from the owner to family members. This is the provision of the 1994 Proposal A tax limitation initiative that makes a property’s new basis for tax assessments the state equalized value (market value), rather than the (lower) “taxable value” of the previous owner, growth of which is restricted by law.
   • House Roll Call 497 on December 16, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 614 on December 15, 2015.

Senate Bill 571: Robo-Call Disclaimer
Attached to a bill to allow unions to collect PAC money without the annual disclaimer is this amendment to limit 1st Amendment rights of free expression.
   • Senate Roll Call 652 on December 16, 2015.

Senate Bill 522: Increase groundwater discharge permit fees
Another hidden tax increase, These are eventually passed on in higher costs.
   • Senate Roll Call 20 on February 2, 2016.

Senate Bill 491: Teacher shortage Certification exemption
Alternative teacher authority. Expand a law that allows schools to employ a teacher who has not obtained a government teaching certificate to teach courses in computer science, a foreign language, mathematics, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics and robotics. The bill would expand that list to include writing, journalism and health sciences. Current law requires a non-certified teacher to have a major or graduate degree in the relevant subject area, and the bill would also add recent professional experience in the field to this requirement.
   • Senate Roll Call 501 on November 5, 2015.

House Bill 4052: Preempt higher local min. wage
preempt local governments, public schools, state colleges and universities, and other governmental authorities from imposing mandatory wage, benefit, leave time, apprenticeship and other requirements on employers which exceed those required by state or federal law.
   • House Roll Call 249 on June 16, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 296 on June 17, 2015.

Senate Bill 209: Encourage teaching America’s founding documents
Add language to the state school code stating that public school boards are “encouraged” to provide instruction on the “core principles” of America’s foundational documents and governmental system.
   • Senate Roll Call 284 on June 11, 2015.

Senate Bill 103: Reduce "Student Growth" Teacher Evaluation
To move back until the 2018-19 school year the deadlines imposed by a 2011 law establishing a process for determining whether teachers are “effective” in which 22.5 percent of the assessment is based on the progress of students in their classroom on statewide tests.
   • House Roll Call 356 on October 15, 2015.
   • Senate Roll Call 212 on May 20, 2015.

Senate Bill 248: Replace Mi Catastrophic Claims Assn (MCCA)
a new state authority that would provide reinsurance to individual auto insurance companies for personal injury claim amounts that exceed above $545,000 per incident. The MCCA is a private entity created by the original no-fault law, which also mandated that all drivers have unlimited personal injury protection coverage (PIP).
   • Senate Roll Call 101 on April 16, 2015.

Senate Bill 173: Bailout Buena Vista School District
Appropriate $725,000 to pay off the remaining operating debt of Buena Vista school district in Saginaw County, which was dissolved in 2012 after becoming so fiscally unviable it could no longer educate students. Also, to revise school aid payments to the three school districts that absorbed Buena Vista’s students and facilities.
   • Senate Roll Call 64 on March 25, 2015.

Senate Bill 710: Schools, Duplicate state control Detroit districts
This bill would allow shadow "Community" districts in Detroit, keeping failed "School" Districts to pay off bloated debt rather then bankrupting them, protecting government rather than taxpayers. Control would ahift to the state and allow the Governor to appoint the majority of a board. A clean slate would have been more responsible.
   • Senate Roll Call 124 on March 22, 2016.


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