in the State House of Representatives
on April 13, 2016, by a vote of 48-79
. Purpose: The Turner Amendment sought to strike a $1.6 million tax increase from the telecom bill. .
Analysis: The underlying bill, H.870, contains a provision that would raise the Universal Service Fee, which appears on your phone bill, from 2 to 2.5 percent (a total annual tax increase of $1.6 million). The increase would sunset after five years. The Turner Amendment attempted to remove the rate increase from the underlying bill. .
Those voting NO wanted to keep the tax increase in place, citing the need to pay for expanding broadband service. .
Those voting YES wanted to eliminate the tax increase, stating that the money could have and should have been found in the already passed general fund budget, and that Vermonters cannot afford any more taxes. .
As Recorded in the House Journal, Wednesday, April 13, 2016:“Shall the bill be amended as recommended by Rep. Turner of Milton? was decided in the negative. Yeas, 48. Nays, 79.” (Read the Journal, p. 893-895.) .
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