Vermont Voters Report Card

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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.[1]

2011-2012 report

The Institute's areas of interest include the state's economic future, in particular the competitive free enterprise sector, the fiscal practices of state government (taxation, spending, and borrowing), state and local regulatory practices, educational improvement, preservation of free and democratic government, the strengthening of Vermont community and family life, and respect for Vermont's constitution and opposition to judicial activism. The 2011-2012 report seeks to highlight key votes during the 2011-2012 legislative session that involved the Institute's core values. In reading the report card, the selected set of votes may not necessarily represent fairly the performance of any legislator.[2]

Methodology

The Institute chose key votes in the House and the Senate chosen to cover the issues of greatest public interest during the 2011-2012 biennial session. The Institute believed the votes chosen were "the most clear-cut and indicative on issues of broad public interest." The report card is not meant to be a representation of the overall performance of any legislator, but only a report on how legislators voted on bills considered to be important in the eyes of the Institute.

The House bills chosen by the Institute included:

  • Health Provider Taxes (H.436): An amendment to delete proposed Medicaid tax increases on hospitals, nursing homes and home health agencies.
  • Green Mountain Care (H.202): An amendment to exclude self-insured companies from Green Mountain Care.
  • Education Taxation (H.441): An amendment to delete Governor’s proposal for reducing $27.5 million from the General Fund transfer to the Education Fund, which would require increasing education property tax rates.
  • Green Mountain Care (H.202): A bill to begin process of creating a universal and unified taxpayer-financed single payer health care system.
  • Education Property Tax Rate (H.754): Increased education property tax rates by two cents per $100 FMV.
  • Health Benefits Exchange (H.559): Higley-Clark amendment to allow small businesses to purchase health insurance outside the government Exchange.
  • Green Mountain Care (H.559): Fagan amendment to require publication of GMC sustainable financing plan before 2012 election.
  • Renewable Portfolio Standard (H.468): Create Renewable Portfolio Standard requiring mandated purchase of increasing percentages of "renewable" electricity for the next 20 years, driving up electric rates.
  • CVPS Rebate (H.718): Browning amendment to compel the Public Service Board to require CVPS/Gaz Metro to pay back ratepayers in the form of cash instead of "societal benefits" as proposed by Gov. Shumlin.

The Senate bills chosen by the Institute included:

  • National Popular Vote (S.31): Require Vermont to assign its three electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the largest number of popular votes nationally, regardless of that candidate's performance in Vermont.
  • Green Mountain Care (H.202): An amendment to require publication of GMC sustainable financing plan before 2012 election.
  • Green Mountain Care (H.202): An amendment to allow small businesses to purchase health insurance outside of the government Exchange.
  • Green Mountain Care (H.202): A bill to create a universal and unified taxpayer-financed single payer health care system.
  • Tax Bill (H.436): A bill to raise education property tax rates, cigarette and liquor taxes, health care provider taxes, and insurance claims.
  • Free Speech Rights (JRS11): A resolution urging Congress to propose to the states to amend the Constitution to strip corporations of First Amendment rights.
  • Health Benefits Exchange (H.559): A bill to create health insurance exchange in 2014 in order to attract federal tax credits, that could then be diverted to financing Green Mountain Care in 2017.
  • CVPS Rebate (H.781): An amendment to require Public Service Board to require repayment of previous bailout funds to utility ratepayers, in event of a merger.
  • Cloud Computing Tax (H.782): An amendment exempting downloading of “cloud” software from 6 percent use tax.

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