State lawmakers get poor marks from Goldwater group

Posted on November 06, 2006 | Type: In the News
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The Arizona Legislature --including leaders from both parties -- received poor marks for controlling government spending.

The Libertarian Goldwater Institute graded state lawmakers on how they voted on a slew of spending, regulatory, education and tax bills during the 2007 session.

Both the Arizona Senate and House of Representatives received D grades. Only one Democrat in the state assembly received a grade above F grade from Goldwater, which is critical of increased state government spending and rules. State Sen. Ken Cheuvront, D-Phoenix, received a D.

State Senate President Tim Bee, R-Tucson also received a D. House Speaker Jim Weiers, R-Phoenix, got a D+. Bee is expected to challenge U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Tucson Democrat, for her seat next year.

The best scores went to Republican Sens. Ron Gould of Kingman, who received an A-, and Pam Gorman of north Phoenix with a B+ and state GOP state Reps. Judy Burges, Russell Pearce and Andy Biggs, who all received a B+.

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