About the Legislative Business Ratings
The North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation (NCFREE) is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that conducts impartial, objective research and analysis on candidates, campaigns, voter attitudes and demographic changes that impact North Carolina’s electoral landscape. NCFREE is a mission-driven organization, providing business leaders across the state with timely updates and information throughout the year – the Legislative Business Ratings is just one of many such reports NCFREE produces and distributes widely.
OVERVIEW OF THE LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS RATINGS
Traditionally, NCFREE has released its Legislative Business Ratings (LBR) at the conclusion of the session of the North Carolina General Assembly that occurs in the odd-numbered year (what’s commonly referred to as the ‘Long Session’).
But this year, NCFREE is updating its 2019 LBR to incorporate the General Assembly’s actions during the 2020 session to provide relief to businesses and industries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, this cumulative rating covers the entirety of both the 2019 and 2020 Legislative Session.
Consistent with previous versions of the LBR, NCFREE’s analytical assessment of the business disposition of all 170 state House and Senate members is based on confidential input from a group of more than 300 business leaders, business trade association executives, and government affairs professionals.
This survey pool represents a diverse cross-section of business interests, with geographic diversity as well as an appropriate array relative to company size and scope, and industry sectors.
UNDERSTANDING THE LBR
The rating contains two parts:
- An Objective evaluation consisting of recorded votes taken during the 2019 and 2020 Legislative Sessions where the votes ‘presented a clear philosophical division on key issues of interest and concern to the business community.’ The vote could for a bill, an amendment, concurrence, or to override a veto.
- A Subjective assessment, conducted in 2019, in which survey respondents rated every legislator based on the respondent’s ‘personal experience as to the percentage of time that legislator was supportive on issues important to the overall business climate of North Carolina.’
The 2019-2020 final rating provides a straightforward metric: the closer the rating is to 100, the more aligned with the principles of free enterprise that legislator was during the 2019-2020 Session of the General Assembly.