Roll Call! Senate Votes for $1.47 Billion General Fund Budget for FY16 (23-6), 2015

Roll Call Graphic.
in the State Senate on April 30, 2015 by a vote of 

Purpose: To fund state government operations for FY16.
Analysis: Those voting YES supported a 3.9 percent increase in general fund spending over last year’s budget. All state spending, including transportation, education and Medicaid other funds, is $5.5 billion. This budget requires $36 million in new taxes and $25 million in one-time funds.
Those voting NO did so on the grounds that increasing spending by 3.9% while revenue is only projected to grow at 2.4% is unsustainable and irresponsible, objected to the budget’s use of $25 million in one-time funds to achieve “balance,” and that this budget sets up a projected budget gap of $40-50 million for FY17/FY18.
Senate Journal, Friday, April 30, 2015. “…third reading of the bill was ordered on a roll call, Yeas 23, Nays 6.” (Read the Journal, p. 1032-1169)
Related Material: 
JFO’s FY2016 Big Bill Senate Report 


How They Voted

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Timothy Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) – YES
Claire Ayer (D-Addison) – YES
Becca Balint (D-Windham) – YES
Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden) – YES
Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia) – NO
Christopher Bray (D-Addison) – YES
John Campbell (D-Windsor) – YES
Brian Campion (D-Bennington) – YES
Brian Collamore (R-Rutland) – YES
Ann Cummings (D-Washington) – YES
Dustin Degree (R-Franklin) –  NO
William Doyle (R-Washington) – NO
Margaret Flory (R-Rutland) – 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) – NO
Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District) – YES
Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington) – NO
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) – ABSENT
Jeanette White (D-Windham) – YES
David Zuckerman (P-Chittenden) – YES

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Kenneth A Brier Sr. May 4, 2015 at 6:48 am

I have been following some of the budget farce. I find it unbelievable that the Senate would agree to give money to the Champlain Valley Exposition and cut money for LIHEAP. I guess the senate is paid enough to fill their fuel tanks and stay warm. The rest of the poor, disabled and elderly can just take a hike. Do any of you who voted against LIHEAP really research what your decisions do to less fortunate persons of Vermont? Maybe we should cut what senators and representatives get for being in Montpelier to do the work of the people. Bring them more in line with the common person of Vermont.


Sen. Joe Benning May 4, 2015 at 9:19 pm

You forgot that we have yet to vote on the water bill and a health care proposal, so your state spending statement above is going to have an upward adjustment. Stay tuned.


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