EAI Town Meeting Week Survey Results

March 12, 2018

479 people took the Ethan Allen Institute Town Meeting Week Survey. We marketed this on social media to a general audience of Vermonters aged 25 and up. Here are the results…

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the direction Governor Scott is taking Vermont?
Approve. 29.75% (141)
Disapprove. 54.01% (256)
No Opinion. 16.24% (77)

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the direction the Legislature is taking Vermont
Approve. 11.04% (52)
Disapprove. 84.08% (396)
No Opinion. 4.88% (23)

3. Should lawmakers increase the VT state minimum wage from $10.50 to $15.00 per hour
Yes. 22.13% (106)
No. 73.07% (350)
Don’t Know. 4.80% (23)

4. Should VT lawmakers enact a Carbon Tax on gasoline (32¢/gal) diesel fuel, home heating oil (40¢/gal), natural gas, and propane (24¢/gal), with the revenues used to subsidize electric bills?
Yes. 5.43% (26)
No. 91.02% (436)
Don’t Know. 3.55% (17)

5. Should VT lawmakers mandate that all employees participate in a paid family leave program financed by a new payroll tax on employees?
Yes. 12.79% (62)
No. 77.62% (371)
Don’t Know. 9.41% (45)

6. Should VT lawmakers enact a “per parcel fee” on all Vermont land holdings to finance the clean-up of Lake Champlain?
Yes. 10.06% (48)
No. 81.76% (390)
Don’t Know. 8.18% (39)

7. Should VT lawmakers enact stricter gun control laws?
Yes. 21.76% (104)
No. 75.52%% (361)
Don’t Know. 2.72% (13)

8. Vermont’s taxpayer financed Pre-Kindergarten programs should be:
…available to all children, regardless of income or special needs. 46.48% (211)
…focused on helping low-income families and special needs children catch up
with their peers. 53.52% (243)

9. Which of the following is a more important goal of education finance reform?
– Lower total taxes by decreasing overall spending. 76.32% (361)
– Shift costs from the property tax to the income tax while maintaining
spending levels. 23.68% (112)

10. Which of the following describes the best way for Lawmakers to make Vermont “affordable?”
– Enact policies that will lower the cost of living, spur economic growth,
and leave more money in Vermonter’s pockets. 86.5% (410)
– Provide more and more generous welfare programs to subsidize the
cost of living in Vermont. 2.95% (14)
– Other (Please Specify) 10.55% (50). See answers below. These have been
modified slightly to correct capitalization, punctuation, and typos,
but not for content.…

  • Cut compliance costs, reduce subsidies, stop redistribution of wealth.
  • Provide universal health care by taxing marijuana.
  • Retire and let decent people make legislation.
  • Partner with companies to make VT their home.
  • All of the above.
  • Spend more on education!
  • Fair taxation.
  • Tax benefits for business who raise salaries which have been frozen for decades, decrease disparity.
  • More businesses.
  • Stop building such fancy bridges!! Way over built for most streams and rivers.
  • A combination logical industrial growth, progressive taxation, healthcare for everyone by payroll deductions.
  • Find a cure for the teachers’ union and retirement funds.
  • Stop welfare.
  • Approve a state bank to invest in housing, increase minimum wage to a livable wage, merit based free college tuition, expand the education system to include daycare, universal healthcare coverage, a tax system that treats all income no matter its source equally.
  • Lower property taxes while removing tax on SS, pensions, and military income.
  • Seriously, they need to reduce the total per capita taxes on middle class Vermonters.
  • Stop pandering to special interest groups. Study long term effects before passing legislation, and listen to people who actually work in specific areas before changing laws.
  • Consider becoming the organic state, deepen the respect and intensity of our brand, get grants to help small and medium scale farms, use Agritourism and geotourism to re-invigorate villages and towns.
  • Have casinos.
  • Can’t we do both?
  • Stop over regulating business.
  • Stop restrictions and taxes/fees that cause businesses so much red tape they choose not to locate here.
  • Stop spending. Ie, the lawsuit against Trump a while back, that wasted our $$. Stop spending!!
  • Both of the above
  • Discontinue all welfare, build poor farms, and get these lazy people out of pajamas and to work, even if it’s to grow their own food! Long overdue.
  • Too often tax breaks are used by business who then leave. Time to think outside the box. Taxes are already too high and there are too many big box stores putting little business owners out of jobs. Dollar Stores, Walmart and Home Depot owned by single families who do not give anything back to communities.
  • Stop using federal debt and inflation to destroy the dollar and take us towards bankruptcy.
  • No pre-k, lower education costs and property tax, improve cell service and internet access.
  • Quit spending money like drunken sailors on programs that are ineffective.
  • Lower taxes and stop giving money to junkies and worthless single mothers.
  • Just stop spending.
  • Answer 1, while developing sustainable energy, health, and environmental protection.
  • Stop texting Social Security and other retirement income. The state is losing residents because it is too expensive to live in this state. Raising the minimum wage only increases the cost of living here.
  • Decrease size of VT government (employees)
  • Reduce the total cost of governing Vermont and providing services to Vermonters. THEY MUST REDUCE BOTH THOSE COSTS, EVEN IF IT MEANS ANTAGONIZING THE VT-NEA AND THE STATE EMPLOYEES UNION.
  • Act to increase the stock of affordable housing. Increase public transportation options.
  • Support low income housing, higher minimum wage, high quality childcare, food assistance and progressive tax structures that will make Vermont appealing to low and middle income workers
  • Universal Health Care
  • $15 minimum wage, retail service workers bill of rights where there is a 20 hour minimum for chain retail and service establishments. Fund act 48. Expand low income housing, make rent income sensitive for those making more than $50k/year
  • Live within the budget. No new spending. Live on a fixed income as those on social security generally do. Live within your means.
  • It should not be an either or choice. Welfare programs don’t need to be more generous but we have serious problems that will not be addressed without government spending, water quality issues being one of them.
  • Reduce regulations. Less regulations, fewer state employees.

If you have not taken the survey, but would like to CLICK HERE!

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Sande Immediato March 12, 2018 at 10:03 pm

A lot of really good ideas are stated to work with!


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