The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry has released its scorecard from the 2015 legislative session, and the results are not pretty for many Louisiana lawmakers — even those who have traditionally sided with the business interest group.
Ninety-four state legislators got Fs from LABI this session, while only a single senator and 11 House members were given As. The average score in the Senate was 45 percent, and in the House it was 54 percent.
The results have prompted LABI to change how it endorses candidates up for re-election to the Legislature. In a news release, LABI notes that the organization has, in the past, automatically endorsed re-election campaigns for legislators who voted with the group 75 percent or more.
“After this session, however, LABI’s political action committees – NORTHPAC, EASTPAC, SOUTHPAC and WESTPAC – are considering changing the endorsement rules, effective immediately, allowing PAC members to consider more than this one threshold in order to endorse candidates,” the release notes.
LABI President Stephen Waguespack, a former chief of staff to Gov. Bobby Jindal, teased the scorecard on Monday in an email bluntly noting, “In short, the grades are in and they are not very good.”
In releasing the full score card on Tuesday, Waguespack chided lawmakers for their votes on tax legislation that was considered crucial to passing a budget that Jindal would agree to.
“Throughout the regular legislative session, many lawmakers repeatedly insisted their only choice to fund higher education and health care was to raise taxes,” he said. “We are disappointed that numerous legislators fell for this trap. The Legislature voted to prioritize an ever-growing government and increase taxes on small and large companies across the state.”
According to LABI, the organization scored legislators on 28 bills in the House and 21 bills in the Senate. Here’s a scorecard snapshot, and you can search for individual legislators here.
Click here for a PDF of the full report from LABI.