Roll Call! Senate Approves $1.438 General Fund Spending, $88 Million Increase (24-3), 2014

SENATE VOTES FOR $1.438 BILLION GENERAL FUND SPENDING 
PASSED
in the State Senate on April 28, 2014 by a vote of
24-3 

Purpose: The Budget Bill sets the annual, General Fund spending for the state. (Read the Bill)

Analysis: Those voting YES on H.885 supported general fund spending for FY2015 of $1.438 billion. This represents a 5.5% increase ($88 million) over the original FY2014 budget of $1.362 billion as passed in 2013, and a 3.8% increase over the FY2014 budget as adjusted (upward) in 2014.The 5.5% spending increase is five times the current rate of inflation (1.1%), and nearly double Vermonters’ average rate of personal income growth (2.88% for 2013).Those voting NO on H.885 pointed out that this rate of spending is unsustainable, and that the bill uses $35 million in one-time money to balance the budget, which will create problems for future budgets.

Senate Journal, Thursday, April 28, 2014. “Shall the bill be read the third time?, was decided in the affirmative on a roll call, Yeas 24, Nays 3.” (Read the Journal, p.824-951)


How They Voted

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Timothy Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) – YES
Claire Ayer (D-Addison) – YES
Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden) – ABSENT
Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia) – NO
Christopher Bray (D-Addison) – YES
John Campbell (D-Windsor) – PRESIDING
Donald Collins (D-Franklin) – YES
Ann Cummings (D-Washington) – YES
William Doyle (R-Washington) – YES
Margaret Flory (R-Rutland) – NO
Eldred French (D-Rutland) – YES
Peter Galbraith (D-Windham) – YES
Robert Hartwell (D-Bennington) – YES
M. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) – YES
Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden) – YES
Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) – YES
Richard Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle) – YES
Norman McAllister (R-Franklin) – NO
Richard McCormack (D-Windsor) – YES
Kevin Mullin (R-Rutland) – YES
Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District) – YES
Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington) – YES
John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Richard Sears (D-Bennington) – YES
Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden) – YES
Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) – YES
Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) – YES
Jeanette White (D-Windham) – YES
David Zuckerman (P-Chittenden) – ABSENT

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