- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 18, 2015

A watchdog group has a counter-narrative to the recent New York Times “investigative” story on Sen. Marco Rubio’s personal finances, decades-old parking tickets, a family purchase of a fishing boat and other matters.

The National Taxpayers Union Foundation was prompted to conduct a more thorough analysis of the presidential hopeful’s fiscal prowess, reviewing the Florida Republican’s entire legislative spending agenda during his Senate term.

Good news to voters who favor Mr. Rubio, bad news for his critics. The analysis revealed that lawmaker sponsored legislation that would, on average, increase federal spending by $11.1 billion per year - and also reduce it by $341.4 billion per year. His record is pretty good. Mr. Rubio’s net average agenda amounts to $330 billion in spending cuts per year.

“We may not be dealing with noteworthy costs like parking tickets or fishing boats, but the Senator’s agenda would have cut spending by $330 billion annually at a time when our national debt rose beyond $16 trillion,” says research director Demian Brady. “To help put that in perspective, that’s equal to 4.1 million $80,000 speedboats.”

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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