H.969 – AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR SUPPORT OF GOVERNMENT (BRIGLIN AMENDMENT)
in the State House of Representatives
on September 11, 2020, by a vote of
Purpose: To provide funding for the first year portion of the initial phase of the Global Warming Solutions Act (H.688).
Analysis: The full text of the amendment reads: “First: In Sec. B.1100(a) by adding a new subdivision (11) to read as follows: (11) To the Agency of Natural Resources: $586,000 for the purposes of the establishment of three (3) full-time limited service positions (to be determined), costs associated with providing administrative, technical and legal support, per diems, hiring consultants and experts and other necessary costs and expenses associated with implementation of H.688.”
H.688 (AKA The Global Warming Solutions Act) would set up an unelected “Climate Counsel” tasked with coming up with a plan to reduce Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions by mandated amounts by 2025, 2030, and 2050. This $586,000 would pay for the FY2021 costs of maintaining and supplying support staff for this new bureaucratic entity.
Those voting YES believe that climate change is important enough to justify spending this money now, in the depths of a Covid 19 state revenue crisis, at the expense of other programs facing cuts.
Those voting NO believe that given the significant loss of state revenue for FY21 and projected for FY22 due to the Covid economic shutdown, and the increased demand to fund critical services throughout government, now is not the time to spend scarce tax dollars on a new bureaucracy to do a job that rightly belongs to elected legislators.
As Recorded in the House Journal, Friday, September 11, 2020: The Clerk proceeded to call the roll and the question, Shall the bill be amended as proposed by Rep. Briglin? was decided in the affirmative. Yeas, 100. Nays, 42. (Read the Journal p. 1626-1630, view the floor debate on YouTube HERE.)
How They Voted
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Janet Ancel (D – Calais) – YES
Kenneth Goslant (R – Northfield) – NO
Jill Krowinski (D – Burlington) – YES
Curtis McCormack (D – Burlington) – 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