|Vermont House of Representatives, Chittenden 4-1|
|2011 - Present|
|January 7, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Per diem||$107/day (non-commuter) |
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Issues
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Voting record
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Yantachka earned a B.S. in mathematics from King's College and an M.S. in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Yantachka is a retired computer specialist. He spent the bulk of his career with IBM, and now works seasonally as a tax specialist with H&R Block. He has been a Justice of the Peace since 1993, and served on the Charlotte Central School Board from 1998-2003. He has chaired the Charlotte Democratic Committee and the Chittenden County Democratic Committee.
Yantachka's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Taxes and Expenditures
- Excerpt: "The bottom line is that sufficient revenue must be generated to meet the requirements of effective government. The only way to achieve greater revenues is to have a healthy economy. Prosperity increases the ability of each of us to contribute our share to the tax pool. Taxation should not create an undue burden on any one group compared to another, so we need to distribute the burden using a variety of sources, including income taxes, property taxes, sales and use taxes, and specialty taxes like those on alcohol, tobacco and gasoline."
- The Economy
- Excerpt: "The best thing that Vermont has going for it is that it is a great place to live. Many residents of Vermont telecommute to jobs in Boston, New York and elsewhere simply because they want to live in Vermont. We can improve the opportunities for working remotely in Vermont by improving our broadband infrastructure. High-speed internet access is a requirement for this type of potential. It will also improve the ability of Vermont-based companies to do business online."
- Excerpt: "One thing is certain when it comes to developing an energy policy: we must reduce our dependency on oil and other fossil fuels. The reasons for doing so are global climate change, which is directly linked to the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, and "peak oil", which means that the amount of oil available worldwide has reached a maximum and will only decline in the future."
- Excerpt: "Healthcare costs, however, continue to rise and it will be important for us to get a handle on controlling them. Universal healthcare is one way to bring the hidden costs of uninsured emergency room visits into the open. A larger insurance pool will also mean that care can be concentrated on prevention rather than addressing complications due to lack of early treatment. Pharmaceutical costs can be mitigated by working with our neighboring states to negotiate lower drug prices."
- Excerpt: "The state of Vermont can support family farming by facilitating regional partnerships spanning state borders to counter the leverage enjoyed by major milk processors, and by providing low cost loans for local value-add production facilities."
From Yantachka's website:
I will continue working to:
- protect our environment by supporting clean air and water standards
- support a high quality public education system
- provide universal access to affordable health care
- support sustainable family farms and forest management
- encourage a strong, entrepreneurial business climate
- ensure effective public safety and consumer protection practices
- maintain a solid energy, transportation and communications infrastructure
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Yantachka served on the following committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Natural Resources and Energy|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Yantachka served on these committees:
|Vermont Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Natural Resources and Energy|
Elections for the office of Vermont House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 12, 2014. Incumbent Michael Yantachka was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Ed Stone was unopposed in the Republican primary. Yantachka defeated Stone in the general election.
|Vermont House of Representatives Chittenden-4-1 District, General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Michael Yantachka Incumbent||61.2%||901|
Yantachka won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont House of Representatives Chittenden 4-1. Yantachka was unopposed in the August 28 Democratic primary and defeated Ed Stone (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Vermont House of Representatives, Chittenden 4-1 District, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Michael Yantachka Incumbent||62.5%||1,463|
Michael Yantachka ran for the Vermont House of Representatives Chittenden 1-2 in 2010. He defeated Mike Kurt and Charles Russell in the Democratic primary on August 24, 2010. He defeated Ed Stone (R) in the November 2, 2010 general election.
|Vermont House of Representatives, Chittenden 1-2 General Election (2010)|
|Michael Yantachka (D)||956|
|Ed Stone (R)||639|
|Robert Reid (I)||459|
Comprehensive donor information for Yantachka is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Yantachka raised a total of $3,633 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 21, 2013.
|Michael Yantachka's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Vermont State House, District Chittenden-4-1||$956|
|2010||Vermont State House, District Chittenden-4-1||$2,677|
|Grand Total Raised||$3,633|
2012Yantachka won re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Yantachka raised a total of $956.
|Vermont House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Michael Yantachka's campaign in 2012|
|Blittersdorf, David C||$200|
|Contributions By Candidate Or Immediate Family||$100|
|Contributions By Candidate Or Immediate Family||$90|
|Total Raised in 2012||$956|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, a year in which Yantachka was up for re-election, he collected $2,677 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|Vermont House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Michael Yantachka's campaign in 2010|
|Blittersdorf, David C||$250|
|Vermont Democratic House Campaign||$250|
|Total Raised in 2010||$2,677|
Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.
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- National Federation of Independent Business in Vermont: 2013-2014 Legislative Voting Record
- Legislators are scored based on their votes on key small business issues.
- Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility: 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on whether or not their votes aligned with VBSR’s stance on each policy.
- Vermont Conservation Voters: 2011-2012 Environmental Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on their voting records on environmental issues.
- Vermont Public Interest Research Group: 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on voting records on VPIRG-backed legislation to promote clean energy, reduce exposure to toxins, make health care more accessible and affordable and protect our democracy.
The Ethan Allen Institute, a Vermont-based free-market public policy research and education organization, released its biennial publication, the Vermont Voters' Report Card, for the years 2011-2012. The report showed how Vermont legislators in the state House and state Senate voted on key issues important to the Institute. Here's how Yantachka voted on the selected bills:
|Vermont Voters Scorecard, 2011-2012|
|Health Provider Tax||Green Mountain Care||Education Taxation||Green Mountain Care||Property Rate Tax||Health Exchange||Green Mountain Care||Renewable Portfolio||CVPS Rebate|
Yantachka and his wife, Janet, have five children.
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- State Representative Michael Yantachka, "Issues," accessed October 25, 2014
- State Representative Michael Yantachka, "Taxes and Expenditures," accessed October 25, 2014
- State Representative Michael Yantachka, "The Economy," accessed October 25, 2014
- State Representative Michael Yantachka, "Energy," accessed October 25, 2014
- State Representative Michael Yantachka, "Healthcare," accessed October 25, 2014
- State Representative Michael Yantachka, "Agriculture," accessed October 25, 2014
- State Representative Mike Yanktachka, "Home page," accessed October 25, 2012
- Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election Candidate Listing," accessed June 19, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Independent Candidates and Minor Party Candidates Nominated by Party Committee," accessed June 19, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Major Party Nomination Candidate Listing," accessed June 19, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 Candidate Listing," June 13, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "2014 General Election Candidate Listing," accessed October 11, 2014
- Vermont Secretary of State, "Election Results Search," accessed April 23, 2014
- followthemoney.org, "Yantachka, Michael," accessed September 21, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2010 Campaign contributors," accessed April 23, 2014
- Ethan Allen Institute, "Report Cards," accessed September 10, 2013