Roll Call! Senate Votes to Adjust FY16 Budget Upward By $91.8 Million

Roll Call Graphic.
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PASSED
in the State Senate on February 10, 2016 by a vote of
25-4 

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Purpose: To make adjustments in the fiscal year 2016 omnibus appropriations act.
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Analysis: Those voting YES voted in favor of increasing spending for FY16 by a total of $91.8 million (raising the previously accepted state budget to $5.6 billion, a 2.5% increase over FY15), $12.3 million of which is represents increases in General Fund spending (raising total General Fund Spending to $1.48 billion, a 5% increase over FY15). $70 million represented increased costs for Medicaid, and much of that was covered by federal dollars.

Those voting NO opposed these spending increases on the grounds that the state cannot continue to spend money faster than revenue is coming in (General Fund revenue growth for FY16 was less than 3% while spending increased by 5%, even after having raised several new taxes in the last session), and that continuing to do so is causing a structural deficit.
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Senate Journal, Wednesday, February 10, 2016. “Shall the bill pass in concurrence with proposals of amendment? Yeas 25, Nays 4.” (Read the Journal, p. 119)
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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) – YES
Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia) – NO
Christopher Bray (D-Addison) – YES
John Campbell (D-Windsor) – YES
Brian Campion (D-Bennington) – YES
Brian Collamore (R-Rutland) – NO
Ann Cummings (D-Washington) – YES
Dustin Degree (R-Franklin) – NO
William Doyle (R-Washington) – YES
Margaret Flory (R-Rutland) – YES
M. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) – YES
Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden) – YES
Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) – YES
Richard Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle) – YES
Norman McAllister (R-Franklin) – SUSPENDED
Richard McCormack (D-Windsor) – YES
Kevin Mullin (R-Rutland) – NO
Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District) – YES
Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington) – YES
John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Richard Sears (D-Bennington) – YES
Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden) – YES
Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) – YES
Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) – YES
Jeanette White (D-Windham) – YES
David Zuckerman (P-Chittenden) – YES

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