Lansing, Mich. -- A mid-Michigan Republican is among only seven members of the Michigan House of Representatives to receive a perfect score on their 2017 voting record from a statewide free market advocacy group.
Rep. Gary Glenn of Williams Township in Bay County, associate Speaker of the House Pro Tem and chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, received a 100 percent score on 17 roll call votes selected by Americans for Prosperity of Michigan, which released the results Tuesday during a gathering of the group's grassroots supporters at the state Capitol in Lansing.
"I've purposely maintained a consistently conservative record that reflects the mainstream values of the families in Bay and Midland counties that I've been privileged to represent for the last three years," Glenn said. "Families in Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties can be confident that I will keep my pledge to continue that conservative record if I'm privileged next year to serve as their state senator."
AFP-Michigan said its scorecard measures lawmakers' commitment to free-market, limited government policies -- including a roll back of the state personal income tax -- that will move the state toward expanded economic freedom.
“Our scorecard will empower citizens to hold their lawmakers accountable to the principles of economic freedom and limited government,” said Pete Lund, AFP-Michigan state director. “We hope citizens will discuss scorecard results with their elected officials and use those conversations to express their appreciation and identify areas for improvement. Our freedoms expand or shrink with many of the votes our lawmakers take. We are thankful for those lawmakers who consistently prioritize the fundamental principles of economic freedom.”
Lund noted that support for reducing unnecessary regulations, curbing local regulatory overreach, and overhauling the public education pension system lifted lawmakers' scores.