Roll Call! House Passes Record Budget Adjustment Increases (107-33), 2023

Passed in the State House of Representatives
on February 2, 2023, by a vote of

Purpose: The purpose of the bill was to increase Vermont’s record $8.3 billion Fiscal Year 2023 budget to $8.6 billion, up from $7.9 billion in 2022.

Vermont’s government has always adjusted its spending in years past to align with new budgetary information as it becomes available. Vermont’s 2022 budget adjustment act was completely without controversy, passing the House 140-0. The 2023 adjustment on the other hand, was the largest in Vermont’s history, due to the sudden availability of emergency Covid funds, for which no bipartisan consensus could be found.

These funds can be divided into two categories: Base Appropriation Adjustments (BAA’s which reflect­­­ agreed upon appropriations from last year with updated totals) and One-Time Expenditures (which do not infer funding in future years).

Base Appropriation Adjustments highlights:

  1. $22 million to increase Brattleboro Retreat’s bed count and per diem payroll increase
  2. $21 million increase for medical education training
  3. $11 million for traveling nurses

One-Time Expenditures highlights:

  1. $50 million to create long term housing through the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board “to provide affordable mixed-income income rental housing and homeownership units; improvements to manufactured homes and communities; recovery residences; and, if determined eligible, housing available to farm workers and refugees.”
  2. $30 million to expand broadband internet, which gives Vermont access to an $84 million grant from the federal government
  3. $21 million to house the homeless from April-June
  4. $9 million for Vermont’s 136 organic dairy farmers

Analysis: Those voting YES believe the spending increases will improve the lives of Vermonters, with a clear emphasis on meeting housing needs.

Those voting NO were concerned about the lack of thorough planning with many of the funding increases. They worried about the Emergency Housing Program, funding the Organic Dairy Industry, and the new monies allocated toward the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, which is under no obligation to spread out the money across Vermont.

As Recorded in the House Journal, for Thursday, February 2, 2023, “Shall the bill be read a third time?, Rep. Lanpher of Vergennes demanded the Yeas and Nays, which demand was sustained by the Constitutional number. The Clerk proceeded to call the roll and the question,  Shall the bill be read a third time?, was decided in the affirmative. Yeas, 107. Nays, 33.” (Read the Journal, p. 116 -123).

Watch the debate on Youtube.

Joint Fiscal Office analysis.

These roll call reports are designed to help citizens understand how their elected representatives vote on key issues. The bills may or may not eventually become law. Click on the link to the bill page at the top of this post for an up to date status on the bill.

How They Voted
(Click on your Rep’s name to send an email)

Julie Andrews (D-Westford) - YES
Joseph Andriano (D-Orwell) - YES
Peter Anthony (D – Barre City) – YES
Norman Arrison (D - Weathersfield) – YES
Angela Arsenault D-Williston) - YES
Sarita Austin (D – Colchester) – YES
John Bartholomew (D – Hartland) – YES
Ashley Bartley R-Fairfax) - NO
Scott Beck (R – St. Johnsbury) – NO
Daisy Berbeco D-Winooski) - YES
Matthew Birong (D – Vergennes) – YES
Alyssa Black (D - Essex) – YES
Tiffany Bluemle (D - Burlington) – YES
Thomas Bock (D – Chester) – YES
Seth Bongartz (D - Manchester) – YES
Michelle Bos-Lun (D - Westminster) – YES
Erin Brady (D - Williston) – YES
Carolyn Branagan R-Georgia) - NO
Patrick Brennan (R – Colchester) – NO
Jana Brown (D – Richmond) – YES
Nelson Brownell (D – Pownal) – YES
Jessica Brumsted (D – Shelburne) – YES
Thomas Burditt (R – West Rutland) – NO
Mollie Burke (P/D – Brattleboro) – YES
Elizabeth Burrows (P/D - West Windsor) – YES
Tesha Buss D-Woodstock) - YES
Scott Campbell (D – St. Johnsbury) – YES
William Canfield R-Fair Haven) - NO
James Carroll D-Bennington) - YES
Conor Casey D-Montpelier) - YES
Ela Chapin D-Montpelier) - YES
Heather Chase D-Chester) - YES
Seth Chase (D – Colchester) –  YES
Robin Chesnut-Tangerman D-Middletown Springs) - YES
Kevin “Coach” Christie (D – Hartford) – YES
Brian Cina (P/D – Burlington) – YES
Paul Clifford (R - Rutland City) - NO
Sara Coffey (D – Guilford) – YES
Esme Cole D-White River Jct.) - YES
Peter Conlon (D – Cornwall) – YES
Timothy Corcoran (D – Bennington) – YES
Mari Cordes (D/P – Lincoln) – YES
Allen Demar R-Enosburg Falls) - NO
Carl Demrow D-Corinth) - YES
Lynn Dickinson (R – St. Albans Town) – NO
Leonora Dodge D-Essex) - ABSENT
Karen Dolan (D - Essex) –  YES
Kari Dolan (D – Waitsfield) – YES
Anne Donahue (R – Northfield) – NO
David Durfee (D – Shaftsbury) – YES
Caleb Elder (D – Starksboro) – YES
Alice Emmons (D – Springfield) – YES
Bobby Farlice-Rubio D-Mcindoe Falls) - ABSENT
Gina Galfetti R-Barre Town) - NO
Rey Garofano (D - Essex) – YES
Leslie Goldman (D - Bellows Falls) – YES
Kenneth Goslant (R – Northfield) – NO
Rodney Graham (R – Williamstown) – YES
Edye Graning D-Jericho) - YES
James Gregoire (R – Fairfield) –  NO
Lisa Hango (R – Berkshire) – NO
James Harrison (R – Chittenden) – NO
Troy Headrick P-Burlington) - YES
Mark Higley (R – Lowell) – NO
Rebecca Holcombe D-Norwich) - YES
Robert Hooper (D – Burlington) – YES
Philip Hooper (D – Randolph) – YES
Lori Houghton (D – Essex) – YES
Mary Howard (D – Rutland) – YES
Noah Hyman D-South Burlington) - YES
Kathleen James (D – Manchester) –  YES
Stephanie Jerome (D – Brandon) – YES
Emilie Kornheiser (D – Brattleboro) – YES
Emily Krasnow (D - S. Burlington) - YES
Jill Krowinski (D – Burlington) – PRESIDING

Larry Labor (R - Morgan) – NO
Dennis LaBounty (D-Lyndonville) - YES
Kate Lalley D-Shelburne) - YES
Martin LaLonde (D – S. Burlington) –YES
Saudia Lamont D-Morrisville) - YES
Diane Lanpher (D – Vergennes) – YES
Wayne LaRoche (R - Franklin) - NO
Josie Leavitt D-Grand Isle) - YES
Jed Lipsky I-Stowe) - YES
Kate Logan P-Burlington) - YES
Emily Long (D – Newfane) – YES
Eric Maguire R-Rutland City) - NO
Michael Marcotte (R – Coventry) – NO
James Masland (D – Thetford) – ABSENT
Christopher Mattos (R – Milton) – ABSENT
Kate Mccann D-Montpelier) - YES
Michael McCarthy (D – St. Albans City) – YES
Patricia McCoy (R – Poultney) – NO
Francis McFaun (R – Barre Town) – NO
Jubilee Mcgill D-Bridport) - YES
Marc Mihaly D-East Calais) - YES
Brian Minier D-South Burlington) - YES
Michael Morgan (R - Milton) – NO
Kristi Morris (D – Springfield) – YES
Mary Morrissey (R – Bennington) – YES
Michael Mrowicki (D – Putney) – YES
Emma Mulvaney-Stanak (D - Burlington) - YES
Logan Nicoll (D – Ludlow) – YES
William Notte (D – Rutland) – YES
Daniel Noyes (D – Wolcott) – YES
Kate Nugent (D - South Burlington) - YES
John O’Brien (D – Tunbridge) – ABSENT
Carol Ode (D – Burlington) – YES
Thomas Oliver R-Sheldon) - NO
“Woody” Page (R – Newport City) – NO
Kelly Pajala (I – Londonderry) – YES
Joseph Parsons (R – Newbury) – NO
Avram Patt (D – Worcester) – YES
Henry Pearl (D - Danville) – YES
Arthur Peterson (R - Clarendon) – NO
Phil Pouech (D - Hinesburg) - ABSENT
Monique Priestley (D - Bradford) - YES
Barbara Rachelson (D/P – Burlington) – YES
Mike Rice D-Dorset) - YES
Tristan Roberts D-Wilmington) - YES
Jarrod Sammis R-Fair Haven) - NO
Larry Satcowitz (D - Randolph) –  YES
Robin Scheu (D – Middlebury) – YES
Charles “Butch” Shaw (R – Pittsford) – YES
Amy Sheldon (D – Middlebury) – YES
Laura Sibilia (I – Dover) – YES
Katherine Sims (D - Craftsbury) – YES
Taylor Small (P/D - Winooski) – YES
Brian Smith (R – Derby) – NO
Trevor Squirrell (D – Underhill) – YES
Gabrielle Stebbins (D - Burlington) - YES
Thomas Stevens (D – Waterbury) – YES
Mary-Katherine Stone D-Burlington) - YES
Heather Suprenant (D - Barnard) – YES
Chris Taylor R-Milton) - NO
Curt Taylor (D – Colchester) – YES
David Templeman D-Brownington) - YES
Tristan Toleno (D – Brattleboro) – YES
Casey Toof (R – St. Albans Town) – NO
Dara Torre D-Moretown) - YES
Joseph “Chip” Troiano (D – Stannard) – YES
Matt Walker (R - Swanton) - ABSENT
Chea Waters Evans D-Charlotte) - YES
Kirk White (P/D - Bethel) – YES
Dane Whitman (D - Bennington) – YES
Jonathan Williams D-Barre City) - YES
Terri Lynn Williams (R - Granby) – NO
Charles Wilson R-Lyndonville) - ABSENT
Theresa Wood (D – Waterbury) –YES



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