Roll Call! House Passes $15 Minimum Wage (77-69), 2018

PASSED
in the State House of Representatives
on May 8, 2018, by a vote of
77-69
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Purpose: To raise Vermont’s state minimum wage to $15/hour.    
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Analysis: Those voting YES support raising Vermont’s minimum wage from $10.50/hour plus increases in line with inflation to $15 an hour by the year 2024. This, they believe, will benefit low income Vermonters and help to solve “income inequality.”
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Those voting NO believe that such a large and rapid increase in the cost of labor will harm Vermont businesses, the overall economy, and the workers the bill was meant to help due to cutbacks in hours, lost benefits, or lost jobs as employers struggle to maintain budgets.
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The non-partisan Vermont Joint Fiscal Office testified that the $15 minimum wage would result in overall lower economic growth of 0.3% for the state, and would result in long term “disemployment” rate of 2250 jobs per year. This disemployment would disproportionately impact of minimum wage workers.
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Advocates for the poor also testified that artificially increasing wages to this extent would disqualify may wage earners from collecting many state and federal benefits, particularly childcare benefits, resulting in a net decline in total household resources.
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Seniors living on a fixed income and poor Vermonters who do not earn W2 income (a majority of them) will also be harmed as they will have to pay inevitably higher prices for goods and services, while their own incomes would be unaffected by the minimum wage increase.
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As Recorded in the House Journal, Tuesday, May 8, 2018: “Shall the House propose to the Senate to amend the bill as recommended by the Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs?. Yeas, 77. Nays, 69.” (Read the Journal, p. 1763-1783.)
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How They Voted

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David Ainsworth (R-Royalton) – NO
Janet Ancel (D-Calis) – YES
Bob Bancroft (R-Westford) – NO
John Bartholomew (D-Hartland) – YES
Fred Baser (R-Bristol) – NO
Lynn Batchelor (R-Derby Line) – NO
Scott Beck (R-St. Johnsbury) – NO
Paul Belaski (D-Windsor) – YES
Stephen Beyor (R-Highgate Springs) – NO
Clement Bissonnette (D-Winooski) – YES
Thomas Bock (D-Chester) – YES
William Botzow (D-Bennington) – YES
Patrick Brennan (R-Colchster) – NO
Timothy Briglin (D-Thetford) – YES
Cynthia Browning (D-Arlington) – NO
Jessica Brumsted (D-Shelburne) – YES
Susan Buckholz (D-White River Jct) – YES
Thomas Burditt (R-West Rutland) – NO
Mollie Burke (P/D-Brattleboro) – YES
William Canfield (R/D-Fair Haven) – NO
Stephen Carr (D-Brandon) – YES
Robin Chestnut-Tangerman (P-Middletown Springs) – YES
Annemarie Christiansen (D-Perkinsville) – YES
Kevin Christie (D-White River Jct.) – YES
Brian Cina (P-Burlington) – YES
Celene Colburn – (P-Burlington) – YES
James Condon (D-Colchester) – ABSENT
Peter Conlon (D-Cornwall) – YES
Daniel Connor (D-Fairfield) – YES
Charles Conquest (D-Wells River) – YES
Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (D-Bradford) – YES
Timothy Corcoran (D-Bennington) – YES
Lawrence Cupoli (R-Rutland) – NO
Maureen Dakin (D-Colchester) – NO
David Deen (D-Putney) – YES
Dennis Devereux (R-Belmont) – NO
Eileen “Lynn” Dickinson (R-St. Albans) – NO
Anne Donahue (R-Northfield) – NO
Johannah Donovan (D-Burlington) – YES
Betsy Dunn (D-Essex Jct.) – YES
Alice Emmons (D/W-Springfield) – YES
Peter Fagan (R-Rutland) – NO
Martha Feltus (R-Lyndonville) – NO
Rachael Fields (D-Bennington) – YES
Robert Forguites (D-Springfield) – YES
Robert Frenier (R-Chelsea) – NO
Douglas Gage (R-Rutland) – NO
Marianna Gamache (R-Swanton) – NO
John Gannon (D-Wilmington) – NO
Marcia Gardner (D-Richmond) – YES
Dylan Giambatista (D-Essex Jct.) – YES
Diana Gonzalez (P/D-Winooski) – YES
Maxine Grad (D-Moretown) – YES
Rodney Graham (R-Williamstown) – NO
Sandy Haas (P/D-Rochester) – YES
Jim Harrison (R-Chittenden) – NO
Helen Head (D-So. Burlington) – YES
Michael Hebert (R-Vernon) – NO
Robert Helm (R/D-Fair Haven) – NO
Mark Higley (R-Lowell) – NO
Matt Hill (D-Johnson) – YES
Jay Hooper (D-Brookfield) – YES
Mary Hooper (D-Montpelier) – YES
Lori Houghton (D-Essex Jct.) – YES
Mary Howard (D-Rutland) – YES
Kimberly Jessup (D-Middlesex) – YES
Ben Jickling (I-E. Randolph) – NO
Mitzi Johnson (D-S. Hero) – PRESIDING
Ben Joseph (D-N. Hero) – NO
Bernard Juskiewicz (R-Camdridge) – NO
Brian Keefe (R-Manchester) – NO
Kathleen Keenan (D-St. Albans) – NO
Charlie Kimbell (D-Woodsock) – NO
Warren Kitzmiller (D-Montpelier) – YES
Jill Krowinski (D-Burlington) – YES

 

 

Rob LaClair (R-Barre Town) – NO
Martin LaLonde (D-South Burlington) – YES
Diane Lanpher (D-Vergennes) – YES
Richard Lawrence (R-Lyndon) – NO
Paul Lefebvre (R-Island Pond) – NO
Patti Lewis (R-Berlin) – NO
William Lippert (D-Hinesburg) – YES
Emily Long (D-Newfane) – YES
Gabrielle Lucke (D-White River Jct.) – ABSENT
Terence Macaig (D-Williston) – YES
Michael Marcotte (R/D-Newport) – NO
Marcia Martel (R-Waterford) – NO
James Masland (D-Thetford) – YES
Chris Mattos (R-Milton) – NO
Curtis McCormack (D/W-Burlington) – YES
Patricia McCoy (R-Poultney) – NO
James McCullough (D-Williston) – YES
Francis McFaun (R/D-Barre) – NO
Alice Miller (D-Shaftsbury) – YES
Kiah Morris (D-Bennington) – YES
Mary Morrissey (R-Bennington) – NO
Michael Mrowicki (D-Putney) – YES
Barbara Murphy (I-Fairfax) – NO
Linda Myers (R-Essex) – NO
Gary Nolan (R-Morrisville) – NO
Terry Norris (I-Shoreham) – NO
Daniel Noyes (D-Wolcott) – YES
Jean O’Sullivan (D-Burlington) – YES
Carol Ode (D-Burlington) – YES
Kelly MacLaury Pajala (I-S. Londonderry) – NO
Corey Parent (R-St. Albans) – NO
Carolyn Partridge (D-Windham) – YES
Albert “Chuck” Pearce (R/D-Richford) – ABSENT
Paul Poirier (I-Barre) – NO
David Potter (D-Clarendon) – YES
Ann Pugh (D-S. Burlington) – YES
Constance Quimby (R-Concord) – NO
Barbara Rachelson (D-Burlington) – YES
Edward Read (I-Fayston) – NO
Carl Rosenquist (R-Georgia) – NO
Brian Savage (R-Swanton) – NO
Robin Scheu (D-Middlebury) – YES
Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe) – NO
David Sharpe (D-Bristol) – YES
Charles Shaw (R/D-Pitsford) – NO
Amy Sheldon (D-Middlebury) – YES
Laura Sibilia (I-West Dover) – NO
Brian Smith (R/D-Derby) – NO
Harvey Smith (R-New Haven) – NO
Trevor Squirrill (D-Underhill) – YES
Thomas Stevens (D-Waterbury) – YES
Vicki Strong (R-Albany) – NO
Valerie Stuart (D-Brattleboro) – YES
Linda Sullivan (D-Dorset) – YES
Mary Sullivan (D-Burlington) – YES
Curt Taylor (D-Colchester) – NO
Thomas Terenzini (R/D-Rutland) – NO
George Till (D-Jericho) – YES
Tristan Toleno (D-Brattleboro) – YES
Catherine Toll (D-Danville) – YES
Maida Townsend (D-S. Burlington) – YES
Matthew Trieber (D-Bellows Falls) – NO
Chip Troiano (D-Hardwick) – YES
Donald Turner (R-Milton) – NO
Warren Van Wyck (R-Ferrisburgh) – NO
Gary Viens (R-Newport) – NO
Tommy Walz (D-Barre City) – YES
Kathryn Webb (D-Shelburne) – YES
Cindy Weed (P/D-Enosburg Falls) – YES
Janssen Willhoit (R-St. Johnsbury) – NO
Theresa Wood (R-Waterbury) – NO
Kurt Wright (R-Burlington) – NO
David Yacovone (D-Morrisville) – YES
Michael Yantachka (D-Charlotte) – YES
Samuel Young (D-Glover) – NO

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Shazzam May 11, 2018 at 12:33 am

All Demoscats but interestingly enough more than a few voted NO with all Republicans

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