The House and Senate had an opportunity to stop government unions from using taxpayer resources to collect contributions for their political action committees (PAC’s). In February, the Senate passed SB 166 to end this practice. The House took up the legislation on December 12th, and the measure was defeated by a vote of 90-102. Six Republican Senators and twenty-six Republican Representatives voted in lock-step with the Democrats to continue to collect political dollars for government unions. Here are the Republican Senators and Representatives who voted against SB 166:
Rep. R. Brown
Rep. C. Quinn
Having the government use taxpayers’ resources for political purposes is terrible policy. For Republicans, allowing the status quo to continue is also politically detrimental. Ninety percent of the political money spent by union-affiliated organizations supports Democratic candidates and causes. If the Republicans who voted to continue allowing government to act as a collection agent for the unions believe that this vote will pave an easier path to reelection for them in 2018, they are in for a rude awakening.
Please, reference this list the next time you get a fundraising letter or glossy mailer at taxpayer expense touting these Republicans as friends of the taxpayers. Remember that these members of the General Assembly had an opportunity to correct a longstanding problem and they refused.