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ACUF Releases Scores of the Pennsylvania General Assembly

Alexandria, VA—The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its ratings of the 2018 meeting of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. ACUF’s Ratings—both federal and state—are an initiative of ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability. These ratings are designed to reflect how over 8,000 of the nation’s elected officials view the role of government and illustrate the differences between chambers of the legislature, while revealing lawmakers’ positions on a wide variety of issues that directly affect Pennsylvanians.

ACUF reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both the Senate and House to produce average scores of each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member. According to ACUF’s Year in Review, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s overall conservative score fell slightly compared to the 2017 session (from 58.60 percent to 56.50 percent).

Pennsylvania legislators voted on key issues during the 2018 session. In one or both chambers, they voted to increase spending and funding for unnecessary programs, establish work requirements for certain welfare programs and limit regulations that have reduced job opportunities and harmed the state’s economy.

“In the 2018 session, Pennsylvania lawmakers took important steps to eliminate harmful regulations that limit opportunities for Pennsylvanians to find work and earn a living,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp and ACU Vice Chairman Charlie Gerow in a joint statement. “Lawmakers also voted to defend the dignity of work when they set work and job training requirements for welfare recipients that will help end the terrible cycle of poverty. We applaud the conservatives who fought to improve the lives of Pennsylvanians in the 2018 session, and hope they will lead a new fight to rein in the General Assembly’s irresponsible spending.”

In the 2018 session, a majority of Republican senators earned scores in the 60 percent – 69 percent range, a noticeable leftward shift compared to the 2017 session, in which a majority of senators scored in the 80 percent – 89 percent range. The average score of Pennsylvania senators was 56 percent. In the 2018 session, Democrat representatives earned an average score of 21 percent, a 7 percent increase from the 2017 session. The average score of Pennsylvania representatives was 55 percent.

Click Here to view the 2018 Ratings of Pennsylvania.

For questions or media inquiries regarding ACUF state ratings, email Luke Schneider, Public Affairs Coordinator for the American Conservative Union Foundation, at [email protected].