The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU) has released its 2016 ratings of the Mississippi Legislature. In the third year of rating the state, ACU found that the Republican average increased by 3 points—from 77 out of 100 in 2015, to 80 out of 100 in 2016.
“Mississippi’s 2016 session enacted much needed small business tax relief and made conservative reforms to the state’s welfare and education systems. Key bills included SB 2161, which made charter schools available to parents with children in failing schools, and another bill that extends the state’s abstinence education program for five years,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “Also, terminally ill patients in Mississippi can now choose to take potentially life-saving medication that the Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve.”
“Unfortunately, other passed legislation permits unnecessary government interference in the marketplace. Auctioneers are now included on the growing list of businesses that require a government license in order to operate as a business. Another bill funds the Mississippi state board of Barber Examiners to the tune of $750,000. Conservatives believe that Mississippians should not have to fund a bureaucracy that dictates who can and can’t cut their hair,” concluded Schlapp.
A detailed scorecard has been produced for all 50 state legislative bodies across the full spectrum of conservative issues, with scores for over 8,000 individual legislators. ACU is the only organization in the nation to do this. Like our Congressional ratings that have been published for 45 consecutive years, ACU’s state ratings reflect how elected officials view the role of government in an individual’s life. Mississippi legislators with the strongest scores consistently voted with the ideals articulated in the U.S. Constitution.
ACU researches and selects a wide range of bills that reflect a member’s adherence to conservative principles, whether they be economic, social, cultural, or government integrity. Legislators who score above 80% in each state receive awards for their commitment to conservative principles. As President Ronald Reagan stated, “The person who agrees with you 80% of the time is an ally.”
The following Representatives and Senators will receive a 2016 ACU Ratings Award:
Representatives: AGUIRRE, ARNOLD, BAKER, BARNETT, BARTON, BECKETT, BENNETT, BOMGAR, BOYD, BROWN, BUSBY, BYRD, CARPENTER, CHISM, CRAWFORD, CRISWELL, CURRIE, DeLANO, EUBANKS, EURE, FOSTER, FRIERSON, GIPSON, GUICE, GUNN, HENLEY, HOOD, HOPKINS, HORNE, C. JOHNSON, KINKADE, LADNER, MANGOLD, McLEOD, McNEAL, METTETAL, MONSOUR, MOORE, MORGAN, PATTERSON, POWELL, READ, ROBERSON, RUSHING, SHIRLEY, SMITH, SNOWDEN, TURNER, WHITE, WILLIS, WILSON, and ZUBER.
Senators: BLACKWELL, BRANNING, CAUGHMAN, CLARKE, FILLINGANE, HARKINS, HOPSON, MASSEY, McDANIEL, PARKER, PARKS, POLK, and WIGGINS.
See the ACU Mississippi Ratings Guide