Roll Call – House votes for $27 million in misc. taxes, 85-55, 2013

Passed

in the State House of Representatives
on March 27, 2013, by a vote of

85-55

Purpose: “This bill proposes to make changes to Vermont’s income tax, sales and use tax, meals and rooms tax, cigarette taxes, property tax, fuel gross receipts tax, and provider taxes.” (Read the Bill)
Analysis: Those members voting YES voted to expand the Vermont state sales tax (6%) to bottled water, clothing (including shoes) over $110, candy, soft drinks, and dietary supplements, and to increase the tax on cigarettes and smokeless tobacco by $0.50 (total: $3.12) and $0.88 (total: $3.12) respectively. They voted to increase the Rooms & Meals tax from 9% to 9.5% for 2014, and they voted to apply the Meals tax to food sold out of vending machines. They voted to cap all itemized tax deductions at 2.5 times standard deduction, eliminated Vermont’s 8.8% tax bracket, moving those earning $178,651 and more into the top 8.95% tax bracket, formerly reserved for those earning $388,351 and above.  The total estimated cost to Vermont taxpayers: $27 million in 2014 and $32.3 million in 2015. (See JFO fiscal note.)
As Recorded in the House Journal, Wednesday, March 27, 2013:  “Shall the bill be read a third time? was decided in the affirmative. Yeas, 85. Nays, 55.” (Read the Journal) There are 31 vote explanations recorded in the Journal.

How They Voted

Janet Ancel (D-Calis) – YES

John Bartholomew (D-Hartland) - YES

Lynn Batchelor (R-Derby Line) – NO

Stephen Beyor (R-Highgate Springs) - NO

Clement Bissonnette (D-Winooski) - YES

William Botzow (D-Bennington) - YES

Robert Bouchard (R-Colchester) - NO

Carolyn Branagan (R-Georgia) - YES

Patrick Brennan (R-Colchster) - NO

Cynthia Browning (D-Arlington) - NO

Thomas Burditt (R-West Rutland) - NO

Mollie Burke (P/D-Brattleboro) - YES

Sarah Buxton (D-Tunbridge) - YES

Brian Campion (D-Bennington) - YES

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

Stephen Carr (D-Brandon) - YES

Margaret Cheney (D-Norwich) - YES

Kevin Christie (D-White River Jct.) - ABSENT

Alison Clarkson (D-Woodstock) - ABSENT

Joanna Cole (D-Burlington) - YES

James Condon (D-Colchester) - YES

Daniel Connor (D-Fairfield) - YES

Charles Conquest (D-Wells River) - NO

Michel Consejo (D-Sheldon) - NO

Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (D-Bradford) - ABSENT

Timothy Corcoran (D-Bennington) - NO

George Cross (D-Winooski) - YES

Lawrence Cupoli (R-Rutland) - NO

Leigh Dakin (D-Chester) - YES

Susan Davis (P/D-Washington) - NO

David Deen (D-Putney) - YES

Dennis Devereux (R-Belmont) - NO

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

Andrew Donaghy (R-Poultney) - NO

Anne Donahue (R-Northfield) - NO

Johannah Donovan (D-Burlington) - ABSENT

Rebecca Ellis (D-Waterbury) - YES

Alice Emmons (D/W-Springfield) - YES

Debbie Evans (D-Essex) - YES

Peter Fagan (R-Rutland) - NO

Michelle Fay (D-St. Johnsbury) - YES

Martha Feltus (R-Lyndonville) - NO

Michael Fisher (D-Lincoln) - YES

William Frank (D-Underhill) - YES

Patsy French (D-Randolph) - YES

Douglas Gage (R-Rutland) - NO

Anne Gallivan (D-N. Chittenden) - NO

Charles Goodwin (I-Weston) - NO

Maxine Grad (D-Moretown) - YES

Adam Greshin (I-Fayston) - NO

Sandy Haas (P/D-Rochester) - YES

Helen Head (D-So. Burlington) - YES

Martha Heath (D-Westford) - 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) - NO

Timothy Jerman (D-Essex) - YES

Willem Jewett (D-Ripton) - YES

Mitzi Johnson (D-S. Hero) - YES

William Johnson (R/D-Canaan) - NO

Bernard Juskiewicz (R-Camdridge) - NO

Kathleen Keenan (D-St. Albans) - YES

Duncan Kilmartin (R/D-Newport) - NO

Warren Kitzmiller (D-Montpelier) - ABSENT

Anthony Klein (D-Montpelier) - YES

Thomas Koch (R/D-Barre) - NO

Patricia Komline (R-Dorset) - NO

Robert Krebs (D-S. Hero) - YES

Jill Krowinski (D-Burlington) -  YES

Michele Kupersmith (D-S. Burlington) - YES

Diane Lanpher (D-Vergennes) - YES

Leigh Larocque (R-Barnet) - NO

Richard Lawrence (R-Lyndon) -  NO

Joan Lenes (D-Shelburne) - YES

Patti Lewis (R-Berlin) - NO

William Lippert (D-Hinesburg) - YES

Terence Macaig (D-Williston) - YES

John Malcolm (D-Pawlet) - YES

Ann Manwaring (D-Wilmington) - YES

Michael Marcotte (R/D-Newport) - NO

Richard Marek (D-Newfane) - YES

Cynthia Martin (D/W-Springfield) - YES

Linda Martin (D-Wolcott) - YES

James Masland (D-Thetford) - YES

Michael McCarthy (D-St. Albans) - YES

Curtis McCormack (D/W-Burlington) - YES

James McCullough (D-Williston) - YES

Francis McFaun (R/D-Barre) - NO

Kristina Michelsen (D-Hardwick) - YES

Alice Miller (D-Shaftsbury) - YES

John Mitchell (R-Fairfax) - NO

Anne Mook (D-Bennington) - YES

John Moran (D-Wardsboro) - YES

Mary Morrissey (R-Bennington) - NO

Michael Mrowicki (D-Putney) - YES

Linda Myers (R-Essex) - NO

Betty Nuovo (D-Middlebury) - YES

Anne O’Brien (D-Richmond) - YES

Jean O’Sullivan (D-Burlington) - YES

Carolyn Partridge (D-Windham) - YES

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

Christopher Pearson (P-Burlington) - YES

Peter Peltz (D-Woodbury) - YES

Paul Poirier (I-Barre) - YES

David Potter (D-Clarendon) - YES

Ann Pugh (D-S. Burlington) - ABSENT

Constance Quimby (R/D-Concord) - NO

Barbara Rachelson (D-Burlington) - YES

Paul Ralston (D-Middlebury) - YES

Kesha Ram (D-Burlington) - YES

Herbert Russell (D-Rutland) - YES

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

Harvey Smith (R-New Haven) - NO

Shapleigh Smith (D-Morristown) - PRESIDING

Robert South (D-St. Johnsbury) - NO

Kristy Spengler (D-Colchester) - YES

Thomas Stevens (D-Waterbury) - YES

William Stevens (I-Shoreham) - YES

Vicki Strong (R-Albany) - ABSENT

Valerie Stuart (D-Brattleboro) - YES

Donna Sweaney (D-Windsor) - YES

Therese Taylor (D-Barre) - YES

Thomas Terenzini (R/D-Rutland) - NO

George Till (D-Jericho) - YES

Tristan Toleno (D-Brattleboro) - YES

Catherine Toll (D-Danville) - ABSENT

Lawrence Townsend (D-Randolph) - NO

Maida Townsend (D-S. Burlington) - YES

Matthew Trieber (D-Bellows Falls) - NO

Donald Turner (R-Milton) - NO

Warren Van Wyck (R-Ferrisburgh) - NO

Sheila Vowinkel (D-White River Jct.) - YES

Linda Waite-Simpson (D-Essex) - YES

Kathryn Webb (D-Shelburne) - YES

Cynthia Weed (P/D-Enosburg Falls) - YES

Jeffrey Wilson (D-Manchester) - YES

Philip Winters (R-Williamstown) - ABSENT

Susan Wizowaty (D-Burlington) - YES

Mark Woodward (D-Johnson) - YES

Kurt Wright (R-Burlington) - NO

Michael Yantachka (D-Charlotte) - YES

Samuel Young (D-Glover) - NO

Teo Zagar (D-Barnard) -  YES

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