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Yankee Names Eight Legislative Heroes

EAST HARTFORD – The Yankee Institute has named eight “Legislative Heroes” based on the think tank’s 2011-2012 Voter Guide.

The Voter Guide ranks legislators based on their votes for free markets and individual liberty in the General Assembly based on ten key votes in the 2011-2012 legislative sessions. Among the keys votes studied were votes on the Malloy administration’s 77 separate tax and fee increases, mandatory paid sick leave, the First Five initiative, the forced unionization of private workers, and project labor agreements that drive up the cost of construction. The full Voter Guide, and details on the votes scored, is available online at the Yankee Institute website, http://www.yankeeinstitute.org/YankeeVoterGuide12.pdf

Though no legislator scored a perfect “10”, seven representatives and one senator earned scores of “9” for their votes. “These are the leaders who fight for free enterprise and limited government every day they are in Hartford,” said Fergus Cullen, Executive Director of Yankee Institute. The Yankee Institute Legislative Heroes are:

Name

Dist

Town

Score

Rep. Tim Ackert 8 Coventry

9

Rep. Dan Carter 2 Bethel

9

Rep. Christopher Coutu 47 Norwich

9

Rep. John Hetherington 125 New Canaan

9

Rep. John Piscopo 76 Thomaston

9

Rep. Robert Sampson 80 Wolcott

9

Rep. John Shaban 135 Weston

9

Sen. Joe Markley 16 Southington

9

On the other end of the spectrum are Yankee’s Legislative Zeroes. A total of 74 state representatives and 16 state senators earned zeros from Yankee, having cast not even one vote for limited government.

“Nearly half of all state legislators have a perfect record – a perfectly awful record – of voting for bigger government and higher taxes literally every time they have the opportunity,” Cullen said.

While Republicans fared better than Democrats overall in the Yankee Institute guide, Democrats who ranked the highest on the Yankee Institute’s scorecard are:

Name

Dist

Town

Score

Rep. Frank Nicastro 79 Bristol

3

Rep. Daniel Rovero 51 Dayville

3

Sen. Gayle Slossberg 14 Milford

2

Sen. Joan Hartley 15 Waterbury

2

Republicans with the lowest scores on the Yankee Institute scorecard are:

Name

Dist

Town

Score

Sen. Len Fasano 34 North Haven

6

Sen. Len Suzio 13 Meriden

6

Rep. Lile Gibbons 150 Greenwich

5

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