Donald Collins

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Donald Collins
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Vermont State Senate Franklin District
Incumbent
In office
January 9, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$660.06/week
Per diem$107/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Vermont State Senate
2003 - 2008
Education
Bachelor'sJohnson State College
Master'sUniversity of Maine, Orono
Personal
BirthdayNovember 11, 1942
Place of birthLowell, Vermont
ProfessionSmall business owner/retired educator
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Donald E. "Don" Collins is a Democratic member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Franklin District. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. Collins did not seek re-election in 2014.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Collins served on the following committees:

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013
Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
Education, Vice-chair

Issues

Charter schools

On February 8, 2013, Collins and fellow Senators Richard McCormack, David Zuckerman, and Richard Sears introduced a bill to impose more requirements on many independent schools. Under Senate Bill 91, any independent schools which receives public tuition funds for more than one third of its students would be required to hire only state-certified teachers, accept all publicly funded students who apply so long as space permits, provide free and reduced-price lunch to eligible students, and be approved to offer at least four categories of special education.[1] John McClaughry of the Ethan Allen Institute, a free-market think tank, criticized McCormack's bill as "clearly designed to put as many general purpose independent schools under the big fat thumb of the Education Agency in Montpelier." He accused McCormack of attempting to rush the bill through without input from the independent schools.[2] The Vermont Independent Schools Association also opposed the bill, saying, "State control of admissions and of hiring would strongly impair independent schools' ability to fulfill their unique missions."[3] McCormack and bill supporters argued that the independent schools were weakening public education by attracting students and state tuition dollars away from public schools without being required to meet state mandates, such as the requirement to offer expensive special education services. The Vermont National Education Association and the Vermont School Board Association endorsed SB 91. The bill was referred to the Education Committee, chaired by McCormack. Collins and Zuckerman are also members of the five-member committee.

Campaign themes

2012

Collins' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

...I believe the number one issue in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, the State of Vermont and the United States of America is jobs that offer a livable wage and reasonable benefits.

We need to use our Yankee ingenuity and common sense when it comes to creating jobs that provide products and services of a high quality and support the efforts of Vermonters doing the same in other parts of our state. As a small business owner I have reinforced my belief that a cleaner Lake Champlain and area waterways is critical to the future economy of Northwestern Vermont. Certainly agriculture, high quality manufacturing and business services and tourism related offerings are also critical to our future. Through partnerships and working together the residents of Northwestern Vermont can be leaders in job creation and healthy, robust communities....

Elections

2012

See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

Collins won election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Franklin District. Collins was unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary and won election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Collins is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Collins raised a total of $50,374 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 21, 2013.[6]

Donald Collins's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Vermont Senate, Franklin District Won $6,305
2010 Vermont Senate, Franklin District Won $18,124
2008 Vermont Senate, Franklin District Won $5,701
2006 Vermont Senate, Franklin District Won $11,816
2004 Vermont Senate, Franklin District Won $8,428
Grand Total Raised $50,374

2012

Collins won election to the Vermont State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Collins raised a total of $6,305.
Vermont State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Donald Collins's campaign in 2012
Patient Choices of Vermont$1,750
John Campbell for Senate$500
Vermont Fuel Dealers Association$500
Vermont Troopers Association$300
AFSCME$300
Total Raised in 2012$6,305
Source:Follow the Money

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2013-2014

In 2013, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 9 to May 14. In 2014, the Vermont General Assembly was in session from January 7 to May 10.

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