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CPAC scorecard: Michigan lawmakers least conservative in Midwest

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The Michigan Legislature dropped from being from the 13th most conservative one in America during 2020 to the 25th last year, according to an analysis conducted by the CPAC Foundation and the American Conservative Union. The state’s current rating of 58% is down from 60% in 2020 and 62% in 2019.

The average for House Democrats dropped from 36% in 2020 to 28% in 2021, while the average for Senate Democrats dropped from 31% to 27%. The average for House Republicans went from 82% to 83% over the two years, while the average for Senate Republicans increased from 80% to 86%.

At 58% in 2021, Michigan ranks lower than Wisconsin (59%), Ohio (62%) and Indiana (65%).

“The conservative rating is calculated through CPAC’s scorecards and is based on lawmaker voting across 186 policy area ranging from cultural and life issues to tax, fiscal, and regulatory policies,” the advocacy group said.

Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Wayland, had the highest score of Michigan legislators at 98%. Rep. William Sowerby, D-Clinton Township, had the lowest at 11%.

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Michigan Capitol Confidential is the news source produced by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Michigan Capitol Confidential reports with a free-market news perspective.