Fiscal Responsibility Index: 82nd Session

The Fiscal Responsibility Index is a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues. We use exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators’ governing philosophy.

Lawmakers and their offices are notified in advance of TFR’s position on the issues rated, and often prior to votes taken on the floor.

At the beginning of the 82nd Session we notified lawmakers of our legislative priorities and the priority legislation we encouraged them to support.


82nd Legislature Ratings


Average61.2 … D
Democrats22.6 … F
Republicans81.0 … B
TFR 2010 Endorsees85.4 … B


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2011 Taxpayer Champions

2011 Taxpayer Advocates

Average63.2 … D
Democrats23.8 … F
Republicans82.5 … B
Committee Chairs*63.3 … F
DEM Committee Chairs 33.5 … F
GOP Committee Chairs 78.2 … C+
TFR 2010 Endorsees85.3 … B+


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2011 Taxpayer Champions

2011 Taxpayer Advocates

Average51.8 … F
Democrats17.9 … F
Republicans73.2 … C
Committee Chairs*52.5 … F
DEM Committee Chairs 17.0 … F
GOP Committee Chairs 70.3 … C
TFR 2010 Endorsees87 … B+

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* Committee chairs in the House are selected by the Speaker, without review by the body. In the Senate, the Lt. Governor appoints the committee chairs.