Senator Gaines Earns "A" Grade For Taxpayers

Monday, October 17, 2016

Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) today announced that he has earned an “A” grade for the 10th year in a row on the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s 2016 Legislative Report Card, which grades lawmakers on their votes on issues important to taxpayers. He was one of only seven lawmakers out of 120 to receive a perfect score.

“The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has a long record of advocating for taxpayers and I am honored to stand with them in the fight against higher taxes,” said Senator Gaines. “California still has the 48th worst tax climate in the country. We should be providing incentives for entrepreneurs to start their businesses here and create private sector jobs, not stifling them with onerous taxes and burdensome regulations.”

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s annual legislative report card is a non-partisan tool to help taxpayers hold legislators accountable. It is designed to help Californians gauge how their state representatives are actually performing on taxpayer-related issues both positive and negative. Positive proposals include bills that clarify the parcel tax exemption process for seniors and create additional campaign finance transparency; negative bills include a car battery tax increase.

Founded by Proposition 13 architect and taxpayer advocate Howard Jarvis, the taxpayers association is the most respected and influential tax-fighting organization in California. For the 2016 legislative season, 22 bills were used to evaluate and grade voting records.

“I remain committed to making sure that Sacramento’s years of irresponsible spending aren’t thrown on the backs of hard-working taxpayers,” said Senator Gaines. “I will continue to push for lower taxes and simpler, less burdensome regulations to let employers know that California is open for business in order to get our economy back on track.”

To view a copy of the legislative report card, visit