BIPEC rankings released, contain few surprises
The Business and Industry Political Education Committee’s annual Jobs Report Card for lawmakers, released Wednesday, contains few surprises.
For the most part, Republicans did better than Democrats. On the A-F grading scale, only two members of the GOP – Rep. Mark Baker from Brandon, and Sen. Briggs Hopson from Vicksburg – scored lower than an ‘A.’ Baker got a ‘C,’ and Hopson was given a ‘B.’
A handful of Democrats scored either ‘A’ or ‘B.’ Most, though, scored ‘C’ or worse. Baker getting a ‘C,’ which denotes average business support, could be an issue in determining if he runs against Attorney General Jim Hood in 2015. Baker, chairman of the House Judiciary A Committee, hasn’t confirmed or denied that he’ll seek the AG’s post in two years, but is one of perhaps a half-dozen Republicans considered likely challengers.
BIPEC graded lawmakers according to their votes on nine bills, all of which passed and were signed by Gov. Phil Bryant, during the 2012 legislative session. The selected legislation dealt with workers’ compensation reform, tax and insurance issues, establishing medical zones and the like.
To see the list of bills and how each lawmaker scored, click here.