2009 Fiscal Responsibility Index

The following benchmarks were used in rating members of the House and Senate.

House Index    (Download ratings & information in PDF)

Vote  Information TFR Position
1. HB 1038. Property tax appraisal reform (Record Vote 81)  FOR
2. Amendment 213 to CSSB 1, the state budget. Ordering the Legislative Budget Board to study spending limits (RV 185)  FOR
3. HB 1462. Allowing state employees to be paid by the taxpayers while performing volunteer service (RV 329)  AGAINST
4. Amendment 35 to HB 300, TxDOT reauthorization. Allowing “best value” addition to contracting (RV 662)  FOR the Amendment, and against the motion to table.
5. HB 482. Creating a program through Texas Department of Agriculture that gives small retailers in low-income neighborhoods grants to purchase refrigerators (RV 216)  Against
6. HJR 112. Creating new taxing jurisdictions for existing services that should be funded through general revenues (RV 730)  Against
7. HB 2291. Bringing greater transparency to the setting of property tax rates (RV 653)  FOR
8. HB 130. Creating a new pre-K program (RV 656)  AGAINST
9. SB 1071. Providing transparency for state pension funds (RV 570)  FOR
10. HB 4765. Temporarily increasing the small business exemption in the Gross Margins Tax (RV 537)  FOR
11. HB 2962. Expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program to 300% of poverty, or $66,000 for a family of four (RV 881)  AGAINST
12. HB 2511. Imposing McCain-Feingold style speech limits on Texas politics (RV 889)  AGAINST
13. HB 464. Requiring dynamic fiscal impact statement for certain bills and joint resolutions affecting taxes and fees (RV 897)  FOR
14. Amendment 13 to SB 1569 the expansion of Unemployment Insurance benefits. Allowing drug users to qualify for unemployment benefits (RV 1052)  AGAINST
15. Motion to instruct House conferees on HB 300, TxDOT reauthorization. Keeping the gas tax and local fee hikes out of the conference report (RV1373)  FOR
16. HB 681. Requiring sellers of fresh fish to post signs about mercury (RV 206)  AGAINST
17. HCR 50. Affirming state’s rights under 10th Amendment (RV 1544)  FOR
18. Amendment 148 to SB 1 the state budget. Mandating a duplicative study by the agency responsible low-income housing (RV 181)  AGAINST
19. HB 2888. Creating a state-financed ‘income tax assistance’ program (RV 1708)  AGAINST
20. SB 968. New regulations on ‘water features,’ needlessly creating additional expenses and burdens (RV 1016)  AGAINST
21. HB 2559. Reforming state’s employee pension system (RV 1525)  FOR

Additional positive weighting was granted for the authoring/co-authoring:
A. HB 1575: Property tax relief
B. HJR 30, HJR 16, HB 832, or HB 1613: Gross Margins Tax reform
C. HJR 13 or HJR89: Ending gas tax diversions
D. HB 994: Limiting government growth
E. HJR 38: Dedicating surplus revenues to property tax relief

Negative weighting was added to the authors/co-authors of these opposed measures:
F. HB 2623: Changing Unemployment Insurance rules to accept stimulus dollars
G. HB 9: Creating new gasoline taxes and transportation fees


Senate Index    (Download ratings & information in PDF)

Vote Information TFR
Position
1. HB 873. Subsidies for entertainment industry. AGAINST
2. SB 855. Creating new transportation taxes and fees. AGAINST
3. SB 841. Expanding Children’s Health Insurance Program to 300% of poverty, $66,000 for a family of four. AGAINST
4. SB 1071. Providing transparency for state pension funds. FOR
5. CSSB 16. Creating new environmental regulations and mandates. AGAINST
6. SB 300. Reducing unfunded mandates on schools. FOR
7. SJR 38. Basing residential property taxes only on value as a residence. FOR
8. SJR 52. Allowing counties to impose gas taxes and motor vehicle fees. AGAINST
9. SB 1123. Loosening standards for mesothelioma lawsuits. AGAINST
10. Amendment to CSHB 300, TxDOT reauthorization. Removing gas taxes and fees. FOR
11. HB 130. Create new, expanded Pre-K program. AGAINST
12. SB 1569. Permanently changing UI to appease federal government and draw down one-time funds. AGAINST
13. HB 2559. Reforming state’s employee pension system. FOR

Additional positive weighting was granted for the authoring/co-authoring:
A. SB 700: Property tax appraisal reform.
B. SB 928: Limiting the growth of appropriations.
C. SB 19: Reforming the gross margins tax.

Negative weighting was added to the authors/co-authors of these opposed measures:
D. SB855: Creating new taxes and fees on transportation.
E. SB1569: Permanently changing UI to appease federal government and draw down one-time funds