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Business Group Rates Legislators

Anita Kumar

In its annual review of the General Assembly, the business coalition Virginia Foundation for Research and Economic Education penalized each legislator for failing to pass a transportation plan during this summer's failed special session.

Virginia FREE's 24-page report opens with a statement on the partisan bickering that left the General Assembly unable to pass a plan to provide money for roads and transit.

"We have not only a shortage of transportation dollars, but also a shortage of courage and leadership needed to elevate good governance above short-term partisan gain," it says.

The group rates legislators using their voting records on key bills and business lobbyist evaluations.

Republicans scored on an average rating of 59; Democrats scored an average rating of 46. Delegates scored an average rating of 53; senators scored an average rating of 52.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 11, 2008; 11:11 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2008  
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