Senator Jeff Stone (R-La Quinta) is one of just nine of the 40 California State Senators to receive a grade of “A” on the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s 2016 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.
The report card is designed to help Californians gauge how their state representatives are actually performing on taxpayer-related issues, both positive and negative.
“When the people of the 28th District elected me to represent them in the Senate 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 protect Prop. 13 and control expenses and eliminate waste in State government.”
Votes on 22 bills were used to score legislators, according to the HJTA. Positive proposals included bills that clarify the parcel tax exemption process for seniors and create additional campaign finance transparency. Negative bills include a car battery tax and numerous bills which serve to undercut the ballot initiative process.
More than half (76) of the 120 members of the legislature received a grade of “F” from the taxpayers group.
Overall, 27 members received a grade of “A”.