Michigan Chamber of Commerce Releases 2005-2006 Legislative Voting Record

PRNewswire
LANSING, Mich.
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,
+1-517-371-2100

Web site: http://www.michamber.com/


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