Business Scorecard

By: AP
By: AP

A major business scorecard of Virginia
legislators for this year shows higher overall marks for the state
Senate, but everyone lost points over the prolonged budget and
transportation battles.

Virginia FREE's analysis of 2006 votes cast on 15 Senate bills
and 17 House measures important to businesses reflected a 15-point
penalty for delay of budget and occasional unsportsmanlike conduct.

With the deductions lowering the top 2006 score from 100 percent
to 85 percent, the Senate managed an average score of 75-point-6
percent to a 65-point-3 percent average for the House.

The results were made public today by Virginia FREE, the
Virginia Foundation for Research and Economic Education, a
nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.

It also denounced a House rules change adopted for the 2006
session that allows legislation to be killed by subcommittees
without recorded votes. The group calls that move a "a dangerous
precedent."

Virginia FREE surveys 800 Virginia corporate leaders to identify
dominant issues among them and polls state voters on their
attitudes about business issues.


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