Roll Call! House Passes $33.4 Million Property Tax Increase (89-43), 2018

PASSED
in the State House of Representatives
on May 12, 2018, by a vote of
89-43
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Purpose: This bill “proposes to make numerous changes to Vermont’s personal income tax and its system of education financing,” including setting the property tax rates to pay for K-12 education. Also folded into this bill was an attempt to mitigate the impact of changes in federal income tax law on state income tax law that would have resulted in Vermonters paying roughly $30 million more in income taxes.
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Analysis: 
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Education Financing Changes. Towns approved $1.647 billion worth of K-12 spending for FY19, which represents a 1.8% increase in spending over FY18. H.911 sets, for Property Tax purposes, the “property dollar equivalent yield” at $9,863.00 and the “the income dollar equivalent yield” at $11,920.00 for residential property. For non-residential property it sets the rate at be $1.606 per $100.00. These numbers represent 2.6¢ and 5¢ per $100.00 increases respectively, for a total property tax increase of $33.4 million. 
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The bill also eliminates the General Fund transfer to the Education Fund, but allocates all lottery money, 25% of the room and meals tax, and a portion of the sales tax to the education fund.
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Income Tax Changes: H.911 decreases the number of income tax brackets from 5 to 4 (the top two brackets are merged into one), and lowers the rates to 3.35% , 6.60%, 7.60% and  8.75%. It implements a state standard deduction that mirrors that adopted by the federal tax code for 2017, and caps charitable contributions at a 5% deduction or $20,000, whichever comes first. It  reduces the tax on Social Security income for individuals earning under $55,000 (totally eliminates under $45,000) and married couples earning under $70,000 (totally eliminates under $60,000).
Those voting YES support this tax package.
Those voting NO do not support this tax package.
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As Recorded in the House Journal, Saturday, May 12, 2018: “Shall the House adopt the report of the Committee of Conference? was decided in the affirmative. Yeas, 89. Nays, 43.” (Read the Journal, p. 2422-2439.)
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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) – ABSENT
Fred Baser (R-Bristol) – NO
Lynn Batchelor (R-Derby Line) – NO
Scott Beck (R-St. Johnsbury) – YES
Paul Belaski (D-Windsor) – YES
Stephen Beyor (R-Highgate Springs) – YES
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) – ABSENT
Jessica Brumsted (D-Shelburne) – YES
Susan Buckholz (D-White River Jct) – ABSENT
Thomas Burditt (R-West Rutland) – YES
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) – YES
David Deen (D-Putney) – YES
Dennis Devereux (R-Belmont) – ABSENT
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) – YES
Marcia Gardner (D-Richmond) – ABSENT
Dylan Giambatista (D-Essex Jct.) – YES
Diana Gonzalez (P/D-Winooski) – YES
Maxine Grad (D-Moretown) – YES
Rodney Graham (R-Williamstown) – ABSENT
Sandy Haas (P/D-Rochester) – YES
Jim Harrison (R-Chittenden) – NO
Helen Head (D-So. Burlington) – YES
Michael Hebert (R-Vernon) – ABSENT
Robert Helm (R/D-Fair Haven) – NO
Mark Higley (R-Lowell) – NO
Matt Hill (D-Johnson) – YES
Jay Hooper (D-Brookfield) – ABSENT
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) – YES
Mitzi Johnson (D-S. Hero) – PRESIDING
Ben Joseph (D-N. Hero) – YES
Bernard Juskiewicz (R-Camdridge) – YES
Brian Keefe (R-Manchester) – ABSENT
Kathleen Keenan (D-St. Albans) – YES
Charlie Kimbell (D-Woodsock) – YES
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.) – YES
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) – ABSENT
Mary Morrissey (R-Bennington) – NO
Michael Mrowicki (D-Putney) – YES
Barbara Murphy (I-Fairfax) – YES
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) – YES
Corey Parent (R-St. Albans) – NO
Carolyn Partridge (D-Windham) – YES
Albert “Chuck” Pearce (R/D-Richford) – YES
Paul Poirier (I-Barre) – YES
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) – ABSENT
Laura Sibilia (I-West Dover) – YES
Brian Smith (R/D-Derby) – ABSENT
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) – ABSENT
Mary Sullivan (D-Burlington) – YES
Curt Taylor (D-Colchester) – YES
Thomas Terenzini (R/D-Rutland) – ABSENT
George Till (D-Jericho) – ABSENT
Tristan Toleno (D-Brattleboro) – YES
Catherine Toll (D-Danville) – YES
Maida Townsend (D-S. Burlington) – YES
Matthew Trieber (D-Bellows Falls) – ABSENT
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 (D-Waterbury) – YES
Kurt Wright (R-Burlington) – YES
David Yacovone (D-Morrisville) – YES
Michael Yantachka (D-Charlotte) – YES
Samuel Young (D-Glover) – YES

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