Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside) is one of just seven of the 40 California State Senators to receive an “A” on the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s 2015 Legislative Report Card.
The annual report grades lawmakers on their votes on issues important to taxpayers. It is intended as a non-partisan tool to help taxpayers hold legislators accountable.
“When the people of the 28th District elected me to represent them in the Senate last year I promised the hard-working taxpayers of Riverside County I would stand up for them in Sacramento,” Senator Stone said. “I appreciate the high mark from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and will continue to work to control expenses and eliminate waste in State government.”
Votes on 16 bills were used to score legislators, according to the HJTA. These bills reflected a range of policy issues including new tax and regulatory burdens, and attacks on the initiative process that would make it more difficult for taxpayers to have their voices heard.
More than half (73) of the 120 members of the legislature received a grade of “F” from the taxpayers group. Overall, 36 members received a grade of “A” or “A-”.
The report card is designed to help Californians measure how their state representatives are actually voting on, not just talking about, taxpayer-related issues including tax increases and direct attacks on Proposition 13.
“With over a quarter of the members of the Legislature being new to Sacramento politics, the HJTA Report Card provides and early indication as to who will be faithful to the interests of taxpayers,” said HJTA President Jon Coupal.