The Alaska Business Report Card (ABRC) identifies legislation that is either beneficial or harmful to the Alaska private sector and provides several ratings to reward or penalize action at various stages. The first rating (on a scale of -3 to +3) is based on the extent of benefit or harm the legislation could create. Then, for each piece of legislation, ABRC assigns a score (either -2 or +2) to the sponsor or co-sponsor. A third rating (either -2 to +2) is added to reflect how a legislator voted on floor amendments. Last, a legislator receives a score (either -3 to +3) for how he or she voted on the final legislation.
Grades were calculated based on the following methodology. Since scores ranged widely, from high negative numbers to high positive numbers, ABRC assumed the highest score was the highest score possible and used it to calculate the remainder of the scores as percentages. We then developed a “curve” based on these numbers. Legislators “almost always” on the side of creating a stable economic climate for business, responsible budgeting, and private sector growth policies received an A. Legislators “usually” supporting those policies received a B. Those “sometimes” supporting received a C. Those “usually not” supporting received a D. Those “almost never” supporting received an F.