State Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-Chautauqua County, had the second-highest grade among assemblymen in the state Legislature for his pro-job voting record, according to Unshackle Upstate, a bipartisan organization committed to economic growth and reform in Upstate New York.
The recently released scorecard for the 2011-12 legislative session gave Goodell a 93 percent positive rating.
"Chautauqua County residents deserve a government that is creating jobs and easing the burden on taxpayers. As Assemblyman, I've worked extremely hard to create a business-friendly environment to attract new jobs to our community," Goodell said. "Big government and high taxes simply are not the answer if we want to attract good-paying jobs to our area. I'm proud to have supported cost cutting ideas like Medicaid reform, a 10 percent overall reduction in state agency spending, and important welfare reforms."
Unshackle Upstate is a bipartisan coalition of more than 80 business and trade organizations representing upward of 70,000 companies that employ more than 1.5 million people. Its goal is to achieve reform in Albany that makes Upstate New York a better place to do business.
"It's very important for taxpayers to have a comprehensive guide that shows which legislators have truly dedicated themselves to unlocking New York's economic potential," said Brian Sampson, Unshackle Upstate executive director. "We're encouraged to see that many legislators have responded to their constituents by supporting two consecutive fiscally-responsible state budgets and several pro-taxpayer initiatives like the two-percent property tax cap and pension reform."