Roll Call! House Increases Property Tax to Cover Pre-Covid Education Spending (127-20), 2020

In the State House of Representatives
On May 29, 2020 by a vote of

Purpose: the bill increases Vermont’s property tax rate (excluding primary residences) from $1.59 per $100 in 2020 to $1.628 per $100 in 2021. A business property valued at $500,000 would expect to pay an additional $190. This hike covers the “yield” per-pupil spending increase that town voters approved before Covid-19 hit. The bill authorizes Vermont to borrow funds to bridge the Education Fund’s budget gap and allows the reserve fund to be drawn down from 5% to 2%.

Those voting YES say the deficit “is a Covid-19 problem, not a school budget problem.” They believe teachers and students need the full taxed amounts to fund Covid recovery efforts in schools, in agreement with what voters approved back in March.

Those voting NO believe raising taxes on individuals owning a business is likely to lead many Vermont businesses to permanently close, recognizing that many such businesses have received little, if any, revenue in the past few months. They believe towns should consider shrinking their school budgets and voting again, given that most Vermont households are in a much worse situation since they approved their tax increases in March

As Recorded in the House Journal, Friday, May 29, 2020:  “Pending the question, Shall the bill be read a third time? Rep. Browning of Arlington 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, 127. Nays, 20… (Read the Journal, p. 1077)

How They Voted

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Janet Ancel (D – Calais) – YES
Peter Anthony (D – Barre) –  YES
Sarita Austin (D – Colchester) – YES
Robert Bancroft (R – Westford) – YES
John Bartholomew (D – Hartland) –  YES
Lynn Batchelor (R – Derby) –  YES
Christopher Bates (D – Bennington) –  YES
Scott Beck (R – St. Johnsbury) –  YES
Matthew Birong (D – Vergennes) –  YES
Thomas Bock (D – Chester) –  YES
Patrick Brennan (R – Colchester) –  YES
Timothy Briglin (D – Thetford) –  YES
Nelson Brownell (D – Pownal) –  YES
Cynthia Browning (D – Arlington) – NO
Jessica Brumsted (D – Shelburne) –  YES
Thomas Burditt (R – West Rutland) – NO
Mollie Burke (P – Brattleboro) –  YES
Scott Campbell (D – St. Johnsbury) –  YES
William Canfield (R – Fair Haven) –  YES
James Carroll (D – Bennington) –  YES
Seth Chase (D – Colchester) –  YES
Robin Chesnut-Tangerman (P – Middletown Springs) –  YES
Annmarie Christensen (D – Weathersfield) –  YES
Kevin “Coach” Christie (D – Hartford) –  YES
Brian Cina (P – Burlington) –  YES
Sara Coffey (D – Guilford) –  YES
Selene Colburn (P – Burlington) –  YES
Hal Colston (D – Winooski) –  YES
Peter Conlon (D – Cornwall) –  YES
Charles Conquest (D – Newbury) –  YES
Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (D – Bradford) –  YES
Timothy Corcoran (D – Bennington) –  YES
Mari Cordes (D/P – Lincoln) –  YES
Lawrence Cupoli (R – Rutland) –  YES
Carl Demrow (D – Corinth) –  YES
Eileen Dickinson (R – St. Albans) – NO
Kari Dolan (D – Waitsfield) –  YES
Anne Donahue (R – Northfield) – NO
Johannah Dovan (D – Burlington) –  YES
David Durfee (D – Shaftsbury) –  YES
Caleb Elder (D – Starksboro) –  YES
Alice Emmons (D – Springfield) –  YES
Peter Fagan (R – Rutland) –  YES
Charen Fegard (D – Berkshire) – YES
Martha Feltus (R – Lyndon) –  YES
Marianna Gamache (R – Swanton) – NO
John Gannon (D – Wilmington) –  YES
Marcia Gardner (D – Richmond) –  YES
Dylan Giambatista (D – Essex) –  YES
Diana Gonzalez (P – Winooski) – YES
Kenneth Goslant (R – Northfield) –  YES
Maxine Grad (D – Moretown) –  YES
Rodney Graham (R – Williamstown) – ABSENT
James Gregoire (R – Fairfield) – NO
Sandy Haas (P – Rochester) –  YES
Lisa Hango (R – Birkshire) –  YES
James Harrison (R – Chittenden) – YES  
Nader Hashim (D – Dummerston) –  YES
Robert Helm (R – Fair Haven) –  YES
Mark Higley (R – Lowell) – NO
Matthew Hill (D – Wolcott) –  YES
Robert Hooper (D – Burlington) –  YES
Philip Hooper (D – Randolph) –  YES
Mary Hooper (D – Montpelier) –  YES
Lori Houghton (D – Essex) –  YES
Mary Howard (D – Rutland) –  YES
Kathleen James (D – Manchester) –  YES
Stephanie Jerome (D – Brandon) –  YES
Kimberly Jessup (D – Middlesex) –  YES
Mitzi Johnson (D – Grand Isle) – PRESIDING
John Killacky (D – S. Burlington) –  YES
Charles Kimbell (D – Woodstock) –  YES
Warren Kitzmiller (D – Montpelier) – ABSENT
Emilie Kornheiser (D – Brattleboro) –  YES
Jill Krowinski (D – Burlington) – YES
Robert LaClair (R – Barre) – NO
Martin LaLonde (D – S. Burlington) –  YES
Diane Lanpher (D – Vergennes) –  YES
Paul Lefebvre (R – Newark) –  YES
Felisha Leffler (R – Esburgh) – NO
William Lippert (D – Hinesburg) –  YES
Emily Long (D – Newfane) –  YES
Terence Macaig (D – Williston) –  YES
Michael Marcotte (R – Coventry) – YES  
Marcia Martel (R – Waterford) – NO
James Masland (D – Thetford) –  YES
Christopher Mattos (R – Milton) – YES
Michael McCarthy (D – St. Albans) – YES
Curtis McCormack (D – Burlington) –  YES
Patricia McCoy (R – Poultney) –  YES
James McCullough (D – Williston) –  YES
Francis McFaun (R – Barre) – NO
Leland Morgan (R – Milton) – NO
Kristi Morris (D – Springfield) –  YES
Mary Morrissey (R – Bennington) – NO
Michael Mrowicki (D – Putney) –  YES
Barbara Murphy (I – Fairfax) –  YES
Linda Myers (R – Essex) –  YES
Logan Nicoll (D – Ludlow) –  YES
Terry Norris (I – Shoreham) –  YES
William Notte (D – Rutland) –  YES
Daniel Noyes (D – Wolcott) –  YES
John O’Brien (D – Tunbridge) –  YES
Jean O’Sullivan (D – Burlington) –  YES
Carol Ode (D – Burlington) –  YES
“Woody” Page (R – Newport) –  YES
Kelly Pajala (I – Londonderry) –  YES
John Palasik (R – Milton) – YES
Carolyn Partridge (D – Windham) –  YES
Avram Patt (D – Worcester) –  YES
David Potter (D – Clarendon) –  YES
Ann Pugh (D – S. Burlington) – YES
Constance Quimby (R – Concord) – NO
Barbara Rachelson (D – Burlington) –  YES
Zachariah Ralph (P – Hartland) –  YES
Marybeth Redmond (D – Essex) –  YES
Peter Reed (I – Braintree) –  YES
Lucy Rogers (D – Waterville) – YES
Carl Rosenquist (R – Georgia) – NO
Brian Savage (R – Swanton) – NO
Robin Scheu (D – Middlebury) –  YES
Heidi Scheuermann (R – Stowe) – NO
Patrick Seymour (R – Sutton) –  YES
Charles “Butch” Shaw (R – Pittsford) –  YES
Amy Sheldon (D – Middlebury) –  YES
Laura Sibilia (I – Dover) –  YES
Brian Smith (R – Derby) – NO
Harvey Smith (R – New Haven) –  YES
Trevor Squirrell (D – Underhill) –  YES
Thomas Stevens (D – Waterbury) –  YES
Vicki Strong (R – Albany) –  YES
Linda Joy Sullivan (D – Dorset) –  YES
Mary Sullivan (D – Burlington) –  YES
Randall Szott (D – Barnard) –  YES
Curt Taylor (D – Colchester) –  YES
Thomas Terenzini (R – Rutland) – NO
George Till (D – Jericho) –  YES
Tristan Toleno (D – Brattleboro) –  YES
Catherine Toll (D – Danville) –  YES
Casey Toof (R – St. Albans) –  NO
Maida Townsend (D – South Burlington) –  YES
Matthew Trieber (D – Rockingham) –  NOT SERVING
Joseph “Chip” Troiano (D – Stannard) –  YES
Kelley Cota-Tully (D-Rockingham) – YES
Tommy Walz (D – Barre) –  YES
Kathryn Webb (D – Shelburne) –  YES
Rebecca White (D – Hartford) –  YES
Theresa Wood (D – Waterbury) –  YES
David Yacovone (D – Morristown) –  YES
Michael Yantachka (D – Charlotte) – YES
Samuel Young (D – Greensboro) – YES

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Guy Rossi June 3, 2020 at 1:03 am

Seriously? Nothing like kicking the small business owner as they fight for their life. Our education system needs reform…not money. We already spend way to much money to educate our children. The system is wasteful and needs careful and positive changes. Throwing money at a broken system is irresponsible.


Matthew Sellers June 3, 2020 at 1:41 pm

If the state turns out schools into a sterilized controlled forum there will be less students in public school returning in 2021. My daughter for one will not be subject to this fear programming being set into place.


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