NFIB: Local lawmakers earn perfect scores in voting analysis

Three state lawmakers from Mesa County received perfect scores for their votes on business-related legislation, according to a small business advocacy organization.

State Sen. Ray Scott and State Reps. Dan Thurlow and Yeulin Willett, all Republicans from Grand Junction, received 100 percent scores in a voting record compiled by the National Federation of Independent Business.

In a separate evaluation conducted by Americans for Prosperity Colorado, Willett was among 15 winners of Champion of Economic Freedom Awards who scored 100 percent for his votes on 32 measures. Thurlow received a score of 88 percent, while Scott received a score of 79 percent.

“Every lawmaker claims to be a supporter of the Main Street enterprises that are the engine of Colorado’s economy. But our biennial report helps our members and other small business owners distinguish between friends in deeds and friends in words only,” said Tony Gagliardi, director of the NFIB in Colorado.

The NFIB based its latest report on 15 measures considered during the latest legislative session and roll call votes on 10 of those measures. Not all of the measures considered in the Senate or House made it to the other chamber. The measures involved such issues as various business regulations, hiring practices, taxes and wages.

Gagliardi said 50 out of the 100 lawmakers in the Colorado Legislature scored a 70 percent or better on the evaluation and those seeking re-election in November received NFIB endorsements. Eighteen senators and 25 representatives earned perfect scores, he said.

Americans for Prosperity Colorado, a state chapter of an organization promoting policies that protect and advance economic freedom, also compiled a legislative scorecard.

“Members of our state Legislature who work hard to uphold the core principle of economic freedom deserve to be acknowledged,” said Michael Fields, state director of the organization.