At a time when over 100,000 Iowans are out of work, all 26 Iowa Senate Democrats voted consistently against job creators.
A new voting record report released today by one of the state’s largest business organizations revealed that that all 26 Iowa Senate Democrats voted consistently against private sector job creators, while all 24 Senate Republicans boasted stellar pro-jobs voting records for the 2011 Iowa Legislative session.
The report, published by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI), evaluated all 50 State Senators on nine key votes and all 100 State Representatives on ten key votes based on priorities and policies established by the association’s 1400 members.
Nineteen Senators and 56 Representatives – all Republicans – earned perfect 100 percent scores for the 2011 session. The other five Republican Senators earned scores of 87 percent or higher. Not a single Senate Democrat earned a score above 33 percent, with several scoring even lower. A shocking statistic considering there are over 100,000 Iowans out of work and many who are underemployed or have stopped looking for work.
“In these challenging economic times, these legislators have distinguished themselves in voting for policies that promote job growth,” said Mike Ralston, ABI President in referencing the lawmakers that spent this past session working to help job creators.
Senate Republican Leader Paul McKinley (R – Chariton), a former manufacturer and employer, said he is proud to lead a caucus of Senators that understands what it takes to grow Iowa’s economy and create more jobs. Many Senate Republicans are current or former employers and understand that we need to empower and encourage the private sector and small businesses – not government – in order to put more Iowans back to work.
“Iowans know they can count on Senate Republicans to be strong advocates for policies that encourage private sector job creation, responsible budgeting, lower taxes and common sense rules and regulations,” said McKinley. “This report further highlights the stark differences between the two parties. Senate Democrats spent the session voting for more spending and against private sector job creators and Senate Republicans spent the session working to reign in government, lower taxes, inject some common sense into our regulatory climate and put more Iowans back to work,” he concluded.
The full voting records for all Iowa House and Senate members are available by visiting the Iowa Prosperity Project website at: www.iowaprosperityproject.org.
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