The MBRG (Maryland Business for Right-Wing Government) is often defined as “A State business advocacy group with a bipartisan mission.” That doesnt quite describe MBRG. They are actually a very Libertarian Republican business group that is essentially anti-worker protection , anti-consumer protection and anti-environmental protection. Every year they rate Maryland state legislators based on a dozen or more legislative bills, and every year the far-right Republicans get 100% ratings and the progressive Democrats get zero or near zero ratings. Its a sophisticated political joke.
This year Harfords Sen. Nancy Jacobs (R-Dist34) even brags about her ridiculous annual MBRG rating of 100% by e-mailing it to the Dodgy Dagger . It’s as if she’s jumping up any down yelling “I voted against worker, consumer and environmental protection! Yahoo!.” Of course Sen. Jacobs doesn’t elaborate on how she voted to get her 100% score. And of course the Dodgy Dagger and the Aegis/Sun don’t elaborate or examine the matter . Knowlege is dangerous. The Suzanne Collins public relations job just tells us she got a 100%. Wow! Sounds cool! A good indication of how Jacobs got the high economic-libertarian score is the annual Maryland League of Conservation Voters (MLCV) legislative scorecard where once again she has made the top ten worst enviornmental legislators in Annapolis with a 20% score. [Religious right/Know Nothing Del. Glenn Glass (R-Dist34B) and Right-Wing Tea Party Del. Rick Impalliria (R-Dist.7) also representing Harford joined her in the Top 10 Worst circle . ]
Another indication of what the MBRG score really means, is to compare her voting record with the the legislation advocated by the Maryland Public Interest Group (MaryPIRG) ,which works for environmental, energy, consumer,tax, and open government reform. MaryPirg worked for one bill this year that seemed above suspicion by most observers, the Job Application Fairness Act,SB 132. The bill makes it illegal as of July 1, 2011 for most businesses to use credit information as part of the job application procedure in Maryland. Sounds like a good idea for the average citizen. But MBRG was against it. And Jacobs along with all Harford County Republicans voted against it. The Republicans and the MBRG seem to be saying, to hell with the fairness rights of Maryland citizens seeking employment.Republicans making the hard times, even harder.
The MBRG’s annual Roll-Call scorecard is a libertarian-Republican joke on the average voter. Its used by Republicans to raise corporate money for re-election while not bragging too much about the specifics that might offend even some Republicans. And the annual lack of analysis of MBRGs scorecard scam from the local and state media keeps the average voter in the dark about what its really all about. So, it goes.