Of 120 California lawmakers 73 get failing grade
November 27, 2009 8:50 AM
NATASHA LINDSTROM Staff Writer

SACRAMENTO • Assemblyman Steve Knight and Sen. George Runner are among the highest performing legislators when it comes to lessening taxpayer burdens, according to a new legislative report card by a taxpayer advocate group.

The Victor Valley’s other two representatives — Assemblyman Anthony Adams and Sen. Roy Ashburn — still earned some of top grades of all state lawmakers, with their votes supporting $12.5 billion in tax hikes shrinking their final scores.

The 2009 report card, compiled by Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, ranks 120 California Assembly members and senators based on their votes on 35 key bills.

Of 120 lawmakers, 73 scored an “F” grade, with all of the failing grades going to Democrats. Nearly 40 percent of all lawmakers scored 0 percent on a 100-percent rating scale.

Just 29 legislators — including Knight and Runner — earned “A” grades.

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Natasha Lindstrom may be reached at (760) 951-6232 or at nlindstrom@VVDailyPress.com.