Roll Call! Senate Passes $5.83 Billion FY18 Budget

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PASSED
in the State Senate
on May 18, 2017, by a vote of
22-6
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Purpose: The “Big Bill” sets the budget for state government through FY18.
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Analysis:
 H.518 sets the total state budget, including federally funded projects, at $5.83, which represents a spending increase of 1.3 percent over the current year. The state funded portion of total spending is set at $2.48 billion, an increases of 0.7 percent.
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The YES/NO votes on H.518 are complicated by Governor Scott’s threat to veto this budget because the legislature failed to enact a change in how teachers healthcare benefits are negotiated, which would save taxpayers $26 million. This plan is opposed by the VT NEA (teachers union), though supported by the School Boards Association and Superintendents’ Association. So, in many respects this roll call better reflects support or opposition to the Governor’s plan rather than support or opposition to the actual budget.
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Again, this is not a clear cut vote. Those voting YES supported the budget and/or opposed the governor’s plan, while those voting NO supported the governor’s plan, but did not necessarily oppose the underlying bill.
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As Recorded in the House Journal, Thursday, May 18, 2017: “Shall the Senate adopt the report of the committee of conference? was decided in the affirmative. Yeas, 97. Nays, 41.” (Read the Journal, p. .)
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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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