While Utahns may still lament their taxes that came due Monday, the National Taxpayers Union said they could at least take solace in that none of their members of Congress are considered among its "big spenders."
In fact, the union considered Rep. Jim Hansen and former Rep. Howard Nielson, R-Utah, as "taxpayers' friends" for their vosts cast in 1990.Nielson, who retired this year, voted the way the union preferred 72 percent of the time, placing him in the 96th percentile among members of the House. Hansen voted the way it preferred 60 percent of the time, placing him in the 89th percentile.
Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, voted the way the union preferred only 27 percent of the time, but that was good enough to put him in the 50th percentile of House members. Freshman Rep. Bill Orton, D-Utah, was not rated because he took office this year, after the 1990 votes examined by the union.
In the Senate, Jake Garn, R-Utah, voted the way the union preferred 45 percent of the time, placing him in the 86th percentile. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, voted the way it preferred 38 percent of the time, placing him in the 60th percentile.