HJTA: Harkey, Anderson #1 Taxpayer Advocates in Sacramento for 2009

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The results are in from the 2009 Legislative Report Card issued by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), one of California’s oldest and most respected taxpayer advocacy organizations, and San Diego Assemblymembers Diane Harkey and Joel Anderson were the *only* elected state representatives out of all 120 legislative members in Sacto to receive perfect “A” scores!

The Report Card, which is based on the votes for 35 key bills relevant to taxpayer interests, is issued annually to raise public awareness to how elected officials are working (or not) for their constituents in the state capitol. Clearly, the majority have been focused on other priorities while away from their home districts – 73 legislators received an “F” grade, with only 29 being awarded an “A.”

Here’s how all San Diegan elected officials scored this year:

  • Diane Harkey – A
  • Martin Garrick – A
  • Nathan Fletcher – A
  • Lori Saldana – F
  • Joel Anderson – A
  • Marty Block – F
  • Mary Salas – F
  • Dennis Hollingsworth – A
  • Mark Wyland – B
  • Christine Kehoe – F
  • Denise Ducheny – F

HJTA notes that only five legislators in the history of the Report Card have ever received 100% scores, and that this year is the second-consecutive year that Assemblymember Anderson has earned the organization’s honor. Truly an accomplishment!

San Diegans should be proud of the tough fiscal leadership Assemblymembers Harkey and Anderson have given us in Sacramento – they are trustworthy taxpayer allies, and watchdogs for our interests. And congratulations to State Assemblymembers Garrick & Fletcher and Senator Hollingsworth for receiving A’s this year!

More information on the HJTA Legislative Report Card can be found here.

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