North Carolina Republican lawmakers earned high marks in a new business friendly rating issued by an interest group.
The N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation, a business-backed research organization, gave House Republicans, on average, the strongest marks, rating at 87 on their 100-point scale. Senate Republicans were at 81. Democrats in each chamber received ratings below 45.
The analysis is culled from a snapshot of votes the foundation deemed important to North Carolina business and a survey with lobbyists. The foundation's 13-member board is comprised of lobbyist representing a variety of industries, such as the retail merchants, Time Warner Cable and others.
In the House, the highest overall rating went to Rep. David Lewis, a Dunn Republican. Sen. Harry Brown, the chamber's majority leader, led the way in the Senate. House Speaker Thom Tillis finished fourth in his chamber, though it was based only on three of the bills in which he voted and the surveys. See the full ratings here.
“Without a doubt, these ratings show that the 2013 session was positive for free enterprise principles and the overall business climate of North Carolina," said Matt Bales, NCFEF research director, in a statement. "Overall, 70 percent of the Senate and 64 percent of the House members are rated at 70 or above, revealing a strong majority of business-minded legislators in both chambers."