ROLL CALL! House Votes for $2.8 Million in Fee Increases (88-57) 2015

Roll Call Graphic
in the State House of Representatives
on February 12, 2015, by a vote of
Purpose: To adjust licensing and agency fees throughout the state.
Analysis: Those voting YES on H.188 voted to increase in aggregate the fees Vermonters must pay to engage in a variety of activities — from hunting and fishing, to construction, to operating a business — by $2.8 million. A full spreadsheet outlining the fees can be seen HERE. The Joint Fiscal Office breakdown of revenue by industry/activity can be seen HERE.

Those voting NO on the bill allege that the fee increases are too high, and not necessarily tied to the actual cost of running the program for which the fee is ostensibly set. Instead, the fees are being improperly increased for the purpose of raising general revenue. See VIDEO.

As Recorded in the House Journal, Thursday, February 12, 2014: “Shall the bill be read a third time? was decided in the affirmative. Yeas, 88. Nays, 57.” (Read the Journal, p.156.)

How They Voted

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

Janet Ancel (D-Calis) – YES

Bob Bancroft (R-Westford) – NO

John Bartholomew (D-Hartland) – YES

Fred Baser (R-Bristol) – NO

Lynn Batchelor (R-Derby Line) – NO

Scott Beck (R-St. Johnsbury) –  NO

Steven Berry (D-Manchester Center) – YES

Stephen Beyor (R-Highgate Springs) – NO

Clement Bissonnette (D-Winooski) – YES

William Botzow (D-Bennington) – YES

Carolyn Branagan (R-Georgia) – YES

Patrick Brennan (R-Colchster) – NO

Timothy Briglin (D-Thetford) – YES

Cynthia Browning (D-Arlington) – NO

Thomas Burditt (R-West Rutland) – NO

Mollie Burke (P/D-Brattleboro) – YES

Sarah Buxton (D-Tunbridge) – YES

William Canfield (R/D-Fair Haven) – NO

Stephen Carr (D-Brandon) – YES

Robin Chestnut-Tangerman (P-Middletown Springs) – YES

Kevin Christie (D-White River Jct.) – YES

Alison Clarkson (D-Woodstock) – YES

Joanna Cole (D-Burlington) – YES

James Condon (D-Colchester) – YES

Daniel Connor (D-Fairfield) – YES

Charles Conquest (D-Wells River) – YES

Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (D-Bradford) – YES

Timothy Corcoran (D-Bennington) – YES

Lawrence Cupoli (R-Rutland) – NO

Leigh Dakin (D-Chester) – YES

Maureen Dakin (D-Colchester) –  NO

Paul Dame (R-Essex Junction) – NO

Susan Davis (P/D-Washington) – YES

David Deen (D-Putney) – YES

Dennis Devereux (R-Belmont) – NO

Eileen “Lynn” Dickinson (R-St. Albans) – NO

Anne Donahue (R-Northfield) – NO

Johannah Donovan (D-Burlington) – YES

Alyson Eastman (I-Orwell) – ABSENT

Rebecca Ellis (D-Waterbury) – YES

Alice Emmons (D/W-Springfield) – YES

Debbie Evans (D-Essex) – YES

Peter Fagan (R-Rutland) – NO

Martha Feltus (R-Lyndonville) – NO

Rachael Fields (D-Bennington) – YES

Larry Fiske (R-Enosburg Falls) – NO

Robert Forguites (D-Springfield) – YES

William Frank (D-Underhill) – YES

Patsy French (D-Randolph) – YES

Douglas Gage (R-Rutland) – NO

Marianna Gamache (R-Swanton) –  NO

Diana Gonzalez (P/D-Winooski) – YES

Maxine Grad (D-Moretown) – YES

Rodney Graham (R-Williamstown) –  NO

Adam Greshin (I-Warren) – NO

Sandy Haas (P/D-Rochester) – YES

Helen Head (D-So. Burlington) – YES

Michael Hebert (R-Vernon) – NO

Robert Helm (R/D-Fair Haven) – NO

Mark Higley (R-Lowell) – NO

Mary Hooper (D-Montpelier) – YES

Ronald Hubert (R-Milton) – NO

Mark Huntley (D-Cavendish) – YES

Timothy Jerman (D-Essex) – YES

Willem Jewett (D-Ripton) – YES

Mitzi Johnson (D-S. Hero) – YES

Bernard Juskiewicz (R-Camdridge) – NO

Kathleen Keenan (D-St. Albans) – YES

Warren Kitzmiller (D-Montpelier) – YES

Anthony Klein (D-Montpelier) – YES

Patricia Komline (R-Dorset) – NO

Robert Krebs (D-S. Hero) – NO

Jill Krowinski (D-Burlington) – YES

Rob LaClair (R-Barre Town) –  NO


Martin LaLonde (D-South Burlington) – YES

Diane Lanpher (D-Vergennes) – YES

Richard Lawrence (R-Lyndon) – NO

Paul Lefebvre (R-Island Pond) – NO

Joan Lenes (D-Shelburne) – YES

Patti Lewis (R-Berlin) – NO

William Lippert (D-Hinesburg) – YES

Emily Long (D-Newfane) – YES

Gabrielle Lucke (D-White River Junction) – YES

Terence Macaig (D-Williston) – YES

Ann Manwaring (D-Wilmington) – YES

Michael Marcotte (R/D-Newport) – NO

Marcia Martel (R-Waterford) –  NO

Linda Martin (D-Wolcott) – YES

James Masland (D-Thetford) – YES

Curtis McCormack (D/W-Burlington) – YES

Patricia McCoy (R-Poultney) –  NO

James McCullough (D-Williston) – YES

Francis McFaun (R/D-Barre) –  NO

Alice Miller (D-Shaftsbury) – YES

Kiah Morris (D-Bennington) – YES

Mary Morrissey (R-Bennington) – NO

Michael Mrowicki (D-Putney) – YES

Barbara Murphy (I-Fairfax) – NO

Linda Myers (R-Essex) – NO

Betty Nuovo (D-Middlebury) – YES

Anne O’Brien (D-Richmond) – YES

Jean O’Sullivan (D-Burlington) – YES

Oliver Olsen (I-Jamaica) – YES

Corey Parent (R-St. Albans) –  NO

Carolyn Partridge (D-Windham) – YES

Avram Patt (D-Worcestor) – YES

Albert “Chuck” Pearce (R/D-Richford) –  NO

Christopher Pearson (P-Burlington) – YES

Paul Poirier (I-Barre) – YES

David Potter (D-Clarendon) – YES

Ann Pugh (D-S. Burlington) – YES

Joey Purvis (R-Colchester) – NO

Constance Quimby (R/D-Concord) – NO

Barbara Rachelson (D-Burlington) – YES

Kesha Ram (D-Burlington) – ABSENT

Herbert Russell (D-Rutland) – YES

Marjorie Ryerson (D-Randolph) – ABSENT

Brian Savage (R-Swanton) – NO

Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe) – NO

David Sharpe (D-Bristol) – YES

Charles Shaw (R/D-Pitsford) –  NO

Loren Shaw (R/D-Derby) –  NO

Amy Sheldon (D-Middlebury) – YES

Laura Sibilia (I-West Dover) – YES

Harvey Smith (R-New Haven) – NO

Shapleigh Smith (D-Morristown) – PRESIDING

Thomas Stevens (D-Waterbury) – YES

Vicki Strong (R-Albany) –  NO

Valerie Stuart (D-Brattleboro) – YES

Mary Sullivan (D-Burlington) – YES

Donna Sweaney (D-Windsor) – YES

Job Tate (R-Mendon) – NO

Thomas Terenzini (R/D-Rutland) – NO

George Till (D-Jericho) – YES

Tristan Toleno (D-Brattleboro) – ABSENT

Catherine Toll (D-Danville) – YES

Maida Townsend (D-S. Burlington) – YES

Matthew Trieber (D-Bellows Falls) – YES

Chip Troiano (D-Hardwick) – YES

Donald Turner (R-Milton) – NO

Warren Van Wyck (R-Ferrisburgh) –  NO

Gary Viens (R-Newport) – NO

Tommy Walz (D-Barre City) – YES

Kathryn Webb (D-Shelburne) – YES

Janssen Willhoit (R-St. Johnsbury) – NO

Mark Woodward (D-Johnson) – YES

Kurt Wright (R-Burlington) – NO

Michael Yantachka (D-Charlotte) – YES

Samuel Young (D-Glover) –  YES

Teo Zagar (D-Barnard) – YES

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Marion Clegg February 13, 2015 at 10:25 pm

I believe the first item to be used to decrease the debt is to start with the Legislators. They need to try to live on what most HARD WORKING people bring home. How many people that work a distance from their home get paid gas mileage and given money for meals? They need to start considering the people that voted to have them go to Montpelier to represent them. We are losing businesses left and right and many people have left the state where the government has a little more concern about the people they represent.


Donald Lagro Jr February 14, 2015 at 12:40 am

And on it goes, keep spending like there is no end , keep driving everyone away from this state , and try to pay the bills . WE the people that are still here do not have enough left now to keep our bills paid, and you want us to pay more taxes .
Most of these legislators need to be replaced . SOON !!!!!


J. Adams February 14, 2015 at 6:23 am

Looks like business as usual,once a Democrat controlled legislature votes back in the same liberal Governor, somehow thinking that they will disprove the axiom; “If you continue to do what you’ve always done, you’ll continue to get what you always got.” Increased fees, like tax increases, one party nationwide, never saw a tax or fee increase they didn’t like, BECAUSE that follows their mantra, “Government, knows best how to spend The People’s money.” This vote was right down party lines with it looks like only one D voting NO, and only one R voting YES. The other more Conservative party voted consistent with their mantra, “THE PEOPLE know best what and how to do with their own money, with as little government intervention as possible.” Choosing between these two opposing philosophies, it’s a marvel that the “tax happy party” could get elected so often. It suggests that too little homework is seriously attempted by too many BEFORE entering the voting booth. :/ This pattern is repeated across the nation in too many states, and just look at those states and the nation. We’ve got some ‘splaining to do!


Lyle M. Miller, Sr. February 14, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Let’s print out the names of those who voted and how and make them available when the next election rolls around!!!


Sandra Phelps February 16, 2015 at 1:11 am

Notice the good old Democrats all voted for the increase. When are the working people of Vermont going to get it? We need to CUT not spend more, save money left over from one year to the next, not hurry and spend it so they can get much more to spend the next year. We need a change , more Republicans in the Senate, house and also for Governor. We the people CANNOT afford any new taxes , those of us who work are already supporting-through all the programs , more then we can and we end up going without. There is so much cheating in those programs and the state does nothing. No wonder there are thousands of houses for sale in the state, everyone wants to leave for a place where it’s not so hard to make ends meet. Also where people on programs do not have more then the people working. Sorry, this got me going- but it’s true.


Allen Godin March 2, 2015 at 10:48 pm

Once again the Socialist/Democrats (tyrants) prove that they are not listening to the people. Historically it seems as though the only time they listen is when life and limb are at stake. Is that what we are headed towards, a new age of enlightenment, where revolutions are necessary to reign in government?

I’m happy to see all but one R voted NO. Carolyn Branagan should be ejected from the Republican Party to enable her to find a party that better suits her concept of reality. If I missed any other Rs who voted yes, I hope they will consider joining Ms Branagan.

If Party loyalty means nothing, then what about using common sense? The Vermont way of life is at stake regardless of the violation of the Rights of The People to their property and income.

The time has come to call all men of good conscience to stand up and be heard.

A program of handbills posted in every public place might be in order. We cannot continue to rely on narrow avenues of communications. We need to get the message out to all people to educate them. The Internet is NOT a means of mass communication. It has proven to be a means of mass confusion and added noise to our lives that is being more tuned out every day.

Unless we institute a system similar to “flash mobs” that can effectively pass the word in a moments notice we have no advantage by using the Internet, and with the recent political changes that we will have to endure we need to make every effort count. THE TIME FOR EXCUSES IS OVER! We are either willing to give up a little time for Liberty, or we will soon experience full tyranny.

This particular article should prove the need for every organization to have a political watchdog who can be the point of contact, but even more important we need leadership from the GOP who will sound the alarm and set a course to regain ground. Is it really that hard to hold on to your core beliefs? Maybe we need a Party Chaplain who will speak at every meeting to bolster belief in something bigger than taxes and regulation.

I put it to you. How do you Stand?


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