Michigan Chamber of Commerce Releases 2005-2006 Legislative Voting Record
Jul 12, 2006
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today released its Job Providers Index (JPI) for the 2005-2006 legislative session.
The 2005-2006 Job Providers Index covers a wide range of business issues. This year, the voting record in the State House includes 21 key votes on topics including: tax policy, energy, environmental quality, health care, human resources, telecommunications, education, and tourism. The voting record in the Michigan Senate consists of 22 key votes on similar issues.
Nine State Senators and 34 State Representatives scored 100 percent on the Chamber's 2005-2006 JPI.
The average score for the Senate Republican Caucus was 89 percent while the average score for the Senate Democratic Caucus was 42 percent. Equally dramatic was the difference between the average scores for the House Republican Caucus at 97 percent and the House Democratic Caucus at 39 percent.
Also striking, when it comes to the issues of jobs and the economy, were the contrasts between the Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema (100 percent) and Senate Minority Leader Bob Emerson (29 percent), and House Speaker Craig DeRoche (100 percent) and House Minority Leader Dianne Byrum (38 percent).
"Job Providers can be thankful that Senator Sikkema and House Speaker Craig DeRoche were setting the agenda this past legislative session rather than Senate Minority Leader Bob Emerson and House Minority Leader Dianne Byrum," concluded Bob LaBrant, Senior Vice President & General Counsel for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.
The complete Michigan Chamber's 2005-2006 Job Providers Index is available on the Chamber's website at http://www.michamber.com/ .
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is a statewide business organization representing approximately 6,900 employers, trade associations and local chambers of commerce. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce was established in 1959 to be an advocate for Michigan's job providers in the legislative, political and legal process.
STATE SENATE 2005-06 JPI Senator Party-District-City % Rating Allen, Jason R-37 Traverse City 95% Barcia, James D-31 Bay City 57% Basham, Raymond D-8 Taylor 36% Bernero, Virg D-23 Lansing 50% Birkholz, Patty R-24 Saugatuck Twp. 91% Bishop, Michael R-12 Rochester 100% Brater, Liz D-18 Ann Arbor 32% Brown, Cameron R-16 Fawn River Twp. 95% Cassis, Nancy R-15 Novi 95% Cherry, Deborah D-26 Burton 41% Clark-Coleman, Irma D-3 Detroit 38% Clarke, Hansen D-1 Detroit 38% Cropsey, Alan R-33 DeWitt 100% Emerson, Robert D-27 Flint 29% Garcia, Valde R-22 Howell 100% George, Thomas R-20 Kalamazoo 86% Gilbert, Jud R-25 Algonac 100% Goschka, Mike R-32 Brant 100% Hammerstrom, Beverly R-17 Temperance 95% Hardiman, Bill R-29 Kentwood 100% Jacobs, Gilda D-14 Huntington Woods 36% Jelinek, Ron R-21 Three Oaks 91% Johnson, Shirley R-13 Royal Oak 88% Kuipers, Wayne R-30 Holland 100% Leland, Burton D-5 Detroit 36% McManus, Michelle R-35 Lake Leelanau 95% Olshove, Dennis D-9 Warren 50% Patterson, Bruce R-7 Canton 68% Prusi, Michael D-38 Ishpeming 36% Sanborn, Alan R-11 Richmond 95% Schauer, Mark D-19 Battle Creek 41% Scott, Martha D-2 Highland Park 37% Sikkema, Ken R-28 Wyoming 100% Stamas, Tony R-36 Midland 100% Switalski, Michael D-10 Roseville 50% Thomas, Buzz D-4 Detroit 58% Toy, Laura R-6 Livonia 75% Van Woerkom, Gerald R-34 Muskegon 91% STATE HOUSE 2005-06 JPI Representative Party-District-City % Rating Accavitti Jr., Frank D-42 Eastpointe 45% Acciavatti, Daniel R-32 New Baltimore 100% Adamini, Stephen D-109 Marquette 26% Amos, Fran R-43 Waterford 100% Anderson, Glenn D-18 Westland 38% Angerer, Kathy D-55 Dundee 52% Ball, Richard R-85 Laingsburg 95% Baxter, Rick R-64 Hanover 95% Bennett, Doug D-92 Muskegon 30% Bieda, Steve D-25 Warren 30% Booher, Darwin R-102 Evart 95% Brandenburg, Jack R-24 Harrison Twp. 95% Brown, Richard D-110 Bessemer 38% Byrnes, Pam D-52 Chelsea 52% Byrum, Dianne D-67 Onondaga 38% Casperson, Tom R-108 Escanaba 95% Caswell, Bruce R-58 Hillsdale 90% Caul, Bill R-99 Mt. Pleasant 100% Cheeks, Marsha D-6 Detroit 40% Clack, Brenda D-34 Flint 35% Clemente, Ed D-14 Lincoln Park 45% Condino, Paul D-35 Southfield 29% Cushingberry Jr., George D-8 Detroit 47% DeRoche, Craig R-38 Novi 100% Dillon, Andy D-17 Redford 52% Donigan, Marie D-26 Royal Oak 38% Drolet, Leon R-33 St. Clair Shores 95% Elsenheimer, Kevin R-105 Bellaire 100% Emmons, Judy R-70 Sheridan 95% Espinoza, John D-83 Croswell 62% Farhat, David R-91 Muskegon 86% Farrah, Barbara D-13 Southgate 50% Gaffney, Edward R-1 Grosse Pointe Farms 100% Garfield, John R-45 Rochester Hills 95% Gillard, Matthew D-106 Alpena 38% Gleason, John D-48 Flushing 43% Gonzales, Lee D-49 Flint 33% Gosselin, Robert R-41 Troy 95% Green, Kevin R-77 Wyoming 95% Hansen, Goeff R-100 Hart 100% Hildenbrand, Dave R-86 Lowell 100% Hood III, Morris D-11 Detroit 28% Hoogendyk, Jacob R-61 Kalamazoo 95% Hopgood, Hoon-Yung D-22 Taylor 29% Huizenga, Bill R-90 Zeeland 100% Hummel, Scott R-93 DeWitt 100% Hune, Joe R-47 Hamburg 100% Hunter, Tupac D-9 Detroit 50% Jones, Rick R-71 Grand Ledge 100% Kahn, Roger R-94 Saginaw 100% Vacant D-56 Monroe -- Kolb, Chris D-53 Ann Arbor 29% Kooiman, Jerry R-75 Grand Rapids 100% LaJoy, Phillip R-21 Canton 95% Law, David R-39 West Bloomfield 100% Law, Kathleen D-23 Gibraltar 43% Leland, Gabe D-10 Detroit 38% Lemmons III, Lamar D-3 Detroit 53% Lemmons Jr., Lamar D-2 Detroit 44% Lipsey, Alexander D-60 Kalamazoo 20% Marleau, James R-46 Lake Orion 100% Mayes, Jeff D-96 Bay City 45% McConico, William D-5 Detroit 47% McDowell, Gary D-107 Rudyard 62% Meisner, Andy D-27 Ferndale 24% Meyer, Tom R-84 Bad Axe 100% Miller, Fred D-31 Mt. Clemens 29% Moolenaar, John R-98 Midland 100% Moore, Tim R-97 Farwell 90% Mortimer, Leslie R-65 Jackson 100% Murphy, Michael D-68 Lansing 40% Newell, Gary R-87 Saranac 100% Nitz, Neal R-78 Baroda 90% Nofs, Mike R-62 Battle Creek 100% Palmer, Brian R-36 Romeo 100% Palsrok, David R-101 Manistee 100% Pastor, John R-19 Livonia 95% Pavlov, Phillip R-81 St. Clair 100% Pearce, Tom R-73 Rockford 95% Phillips, Clarence D-29 Pontiac 29% Plakas, Jim D-16 Garden City 22% Polidori, Gino D-15 Dearborn 43% Proos, John R-79 St. Joseph 100% Robertson, David R-51 Grand Blanc 95% Rocca, Tory R-30 Sterling Heights 95% Sak, Michael D-76 Grand Rapids 52% Schuitmaker, Tonya R-80 Lawton 100% Shaffer, Rick R-59 Three Rivers 100% Sheen, Fulton R-88 Plainwell 95% Sheltrown, Joel D-103 West Branch 62% Smith, Alma Wheeler D-54 Ypsilanti 29% Smith, Virgil D-7 Detroit 33% Spade, Dudley D-57 Tipton 52% Stahl, John R-82 North Branch 100% Stakoe, John R-44 Highland 90% Steil, Glenn R-72 Grand Rapids 100% Stewart, John R-20 Plymouth 89% Taub, Shelly Goodman R-40 Bloomfield Hills 100% Tobocman, Steve D-12 Detroit 29% Vagnozzi, Aldo D-37 Farmington Hills 43% Vander Veen, Barb R-89 Allendale 100% Van Regenmorter, William R-74 Jenison 94% Walker, Howard R-104 Traverse City 100% Ward, Chris R-66 Brighton 100% Waters, Mary D-4 Detroit 33% Wenke, Lorence R-63 Richland 100% Whitmer, Gretchen D-69 East Lansing 38% Williams, Carl D-95 Saginaw 29% Wojno, Lisa D-28 Warren 40% Zelenko, Paula D-50 Burton 37%
SOURCE: Michigan Chamber of Commerce
CONTACT: Jim Barrett or Bob LaBrant of Michigan Chamber of Commerce,
Web site: http://www.michamber.com/