Alexandria, VA — Lawmakers of the Massachusetts General Court are at greater philosophical odds than ever before. In the 2019 session, a larger share of lawmakers qualified as members of the “Coalition of the Radical Left” while conservatives improved their overall scores in a just-released legislative analysis published by the American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF), host of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
In the previous session, Massachusetts lawmakers earned the distinction of the most liberal state legislature in the country and 69% of lawmakers qualified as members of the radical left. In the following 2019 session, a total of 152 of lawmakers—77% of the General Court—were labeled radical leftists.
In contrast, the state’s Republicans improved their average score by 17 percentage points from 40% to 57%, contributing to the state’s overall improvement from 6.11% to 11.38%.
“Despite the fact Massachusetts leads the country with the highest per capita debt in the country, leftists of the General Court doubled down on their demands for wasteful and unnecessary spending,” said ACUF Chairman Matt Schlapp. “Thankfully, conservatives of the legislature are starting to answer the call of working families who are sick and tired paying taxes hand over fist to advance ‘GreenWorks’ special interest giveaways and massive pay raises for ineffective politicians.”
ACUF’s Ratings of Congress and Ratings of the States are initiatives of ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability (CLA). These ratings are designed to reflect how over 8,000 elected officials across the nation view the role of government while illustrating the differences between chambers of the legislature and revealing lawmakers’ positions on a wide variety of issues that directly affect citizens.
ACU Foundation reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both chambers of the legislature to produce average scores of each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member.
For questions or media inquiries regarding ACUF’s Ratings of the States, email Luke Schneider, Public Affairs & Policy Analyst for the American Conservative Union Foundation, at [email protected].