Roll Call! Senate Opposes Teachers’ Healthcare Contract/$26 Million in Property Tax Savings

Roll Call Graphic
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PASSED
in the State Senate on May 18, 2017 by a vote of
22-6 
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Purpose: Set the sate budget for FY18.
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Analysis: 
This is a tricky roll call to analyze. At face value, the bill sets state budget for FY18. However, the vote became a symbolic referendum on Governor Phil Scott’s proposal to save a potential $26 million in property taxes by restructuring how teachers negotiate and receive health insurance benefits. Those voting YES supported the budget, which was met with no new taxes or fees, opposed the Governors proposal for property tax savings, etc. or both. Those voting NO supported the Governor’s proposal and thought it should have been adopted as part of the overall budgeting process.
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Senate Journal, Thursday, May 18, 2017. “Shall the Senate accept and adopt the report of the Committee of Conference?, Yeas 22, Nays 6.” (Read the Journal, p. 1749-1865)


How They Voted

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Timothy Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) – YES
Claire Ayer (D-Addison) –  YES
Becca Balint (D-Windham) –  YES
Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden) – ABSENT
Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia) – NO
Carolyn Branagan (R-Franklin) – NO
Christopher Bray (D-Addison) –  YES
Francis Brooks (D-Washington) –  YES
Brian Campion (D-Bennington) –  YES
Alison Clarkson (D-Windsor) –  YES
Brian Collamore (R-Rutland) – NO
Ann Cummings (D-Washington) –  YES
Dustin Degree (R-Franklin) – NO
Margaret Flory (R-Rutland) – NO
Debbie Ingram (D-Chittendent) – YES
M. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) – YES
Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden) – YES
Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) – YES
Richard Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle) – YES
Richard McCormack (D-Windsor) – YES
Kevin Mullin (R-Rutland) – NO
Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District) – YES
Chris Pearson (P-Chittenden) – YES
Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington) – YES
John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans) – ABSENT
Richard Sears (D-Bennington) – YES
Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) – YES
Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) – YES
Jeanette White (D-Windham) – YES

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