The Taxpayers League of Minnesota has released its annual legislative scorecard. The scores are based on whether or not lawmakers voted for legislation deemed by the organization to be unfriendly to the taxpayer. In many cases, that involves whether or not a lawmaker supported bills with tax increases.
The report card did not have a favorable view of most DFLers — especially in Rochester. On a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 considered a perfect score, no Rochester Democrats received a rating above 13. In southeast Minnesota, the lawmaker with the lowest score was Sen Steve Murphy of Red Wing who netted a 0.
Rep. Gene Pelowski of Winona was the highest ranking Democrat with a score of 47. That is in large part due to his voting against the DFL tax increase proposals.
The report heralds Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former House Minority Leader and potential gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert, R-Marshall, as the "2009 Heroes of the Taxpayers" for standing up against tax increases.
Here is a look at ratings for Southeast Minnesota lawmakers. To look at the Taxpayers League's full list, go here
Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL-Winona — 21
Ann Lynch, DFL-Rochester — 7
Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing — 0
David Senjem, R-Rochester — 57
Dan Sparks, DFL-Austin — 14
Robin Brown, DFL-rural Austin — 7
Greg Davids, R-Preston — 80
Randy Demmer, R-Hayfield — 80
Steve Drazkowski, R-Wabasha — 87
Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing — 87
Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester — 13
Kim Norton, DFL-Rochester — 13
Gene Pelowski, DFL-Winona — 47
Jeanne Poppe, DFL-Austin — 27
Andy Welti, DFL-Plainview — 13