1-22-15 – Estate Tax: Who in Montpelier Wants You Dead?

Posted by Rob Roper and Shayne Spence

As Montpelier wrestles with a $100 million structural deficit, legislators are looking for revenue in every possible place imaginable. In the House Ways and Means committee this Tuesday (Jan 21, 2015) the discussion took a morbid turn regarding the Estate Tax.

Rep. Alison Clarkson (D-Woodstock) exclaimed that, “There is some virtue in the number of people dying,” and expressed some hope that Vermont’s aging population would translate into more revenue for the state coffers. (Hear it for yourself.)

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This is one reason (of many) the Death Tax should be repealed. It certainly creates some perverse incentives in the hearts and minds of those supposedly representing our best interests.

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Lyle M. Miller, Sr. January 23, 2015 at 12:40 pm

This is one more example of the Democrats looking to raise taxes in Vermont and it doesn’t matter that they continue to want to do this all the more after someone dies and goes on into the eternity. I am tired of all the people who refuse to acknowledge the sanctity of life with their thoughts and decisions on what they think is best for Vermonters.

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Jim Bulmer January 24, 2015 at 2:54 pm

Just one more example of how out of touch with reality these people are. They can’t get enough from the living so they go to a constuency who can no longer vote. That’s a safe bet.

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ruralcounsel January 25, 2015 at 8:41 pm

It’s like an infection/pandemic attacking the weaker individuals. It’s harder for dead or dying people to fight back against this kind of gruesome and distasteful government confiscation. Out of control spending government is a disease.

Clarkson is just a virus.

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