What did your state lawmakers, particularly those from San Antonio, do with all the hard-earned cash you were forced to pay them? Enter the 2019 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

The Index makes it easy for citizens to see how responsible state lawmakers were with taxpayers’ money, rating votes on fiscal and role-of-government issues ranging from property tax relief to preventing busybody bureaucrats from criminalizing children’s lemonade stands.

This year’s Index was the most extensive yet, rating 170 votes in the Texas House and 149 in the Senate. The Index publicly released pro-taxpayer positions on every issue, as well as the grading methodology, before lawmakers cast any votes.

How responsible were San Antonio’s lawmakers?

The vast majority of them supported taking more of citizens’ money and spending it wildly. Here were a few noteworthy lawmakers:

Republican State Reps. Steve Allison, Lyle Larson, and John Kuempel, who represent north and east San Antonio, all scored below an abysmal 46 percent—far below even an “F” grade.

Even worse, all eight San Antonio-area House representatives, all Democrats, voted against citizens so often that not one earned higher than a pathetic 26 percent.

One lawmaker stands out, however: State Rep. Kyle Biedermann, a Republican who represents an area from near New Braunfels to Fredericksburg, earned an A- at 91 percent.

Type in your address on the map below to locate your state lawmakers and see how they scored. It’s up to you to decide whether they deserve to be praised and re-elected or rebuked and fired.

It’s your money they’re using, after all.

Jacob Asmussen

Jacob Asmussen is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard. He attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and in 2017 earned a double major in public relations and piano performance.


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