District Six Delegation receives perfect score from Maryland Business for Responsive Government
In the 32nd edition of the Maryland Business for Responsive Government (MBRG) publication, Roll Call, all four District Six delegates were scored at 100 percent.
MBRG is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization that promotes business around the state. A Roll Call rating of above 70 percent ranks a legislator as probusiness, but all of the District Six legislation received perfect marks from the organization.
The MBRG annually evaluates recorded voted from the most recent Maryland General Assembly session. The votes that are chosen to analyze are those that would be “essential to create/retain jobs and promote a healthy business climate through Maryland.”
According to MBRG, Roll call analyzed 15 Senate votes and 16 House votes to comprise their 2017 analysis.
In 2017, only 23 percent of the Senate 26 percent of the House received per- fect scores of 100 percent. These 11 Senators and 37 Delegates can be identified in the full Roll Call report which can be located on MBRG’s website.
Similarly, the 84 Delegates (60 percent) and 18 Senators (38 percent) that scored below 30 percent can also be identified using this list.
“The high-scoring legislators generally rejected the extreme policies of legislative mandates and bans, whereas the lower-scoring legislators generally embraced such approaches,” said Sen. Johnny Ray Salling (R-6) in a press release. “For example, the paid leave bill (House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 230) mandated paid leave for employees of 15-person organizations who work as little as 12 hours per week or as few as 107 days per year, and dozens of proposed amendments that sought to lessen the job-killing effects of this mandate were roundly rejected. The legislators who voted against the bill and in favor of the amendments generally scored well, whereas those who favored the mandate and rejected the amendments generally scored poorly.”
According to their report, the purpose of Roll Call is “intended to improve the understanding by elected and appointed officials of the effect of public policy on business and the economy, and the willingness and ability of businesses to create jobs, invest, and prosper in Maryland. It is our belief that a positive business climate is critical to all other social progress.”
“We appreciate those legislators who are able to look deeper at a bill, beyond an innocuous bill title, such as The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, for example, to recognize that such mandates not only harm Maryland’s business climate, but will likely cause even more hardship for the very people the bills purport to help. Mandated paid leave is irrelevant if you no longer have a job.” said Duane Carey, President of MBRG.
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State Sen.Johnny Ray Salling and County Councilman Todd Crandell were among those who participated in a ribbon-cutting for the Treasury Tax Service in early February.