I have studied the bills introduced by the Vermont Legislature over the last biennium. Below is a chart showing how I would have voted compared with Representative Sarita Austin (D) on major legislation that affects us all. Hover over the icon to see my reasoning for each position.
After examining Rep. Austin's voting record, I am not sure if there is a tax, a mandate or a big government program that she wouldn't vote for? Conspicuously missing from Rep. Austin's legislative record are any attempts to grow the stagnant Vermont economy, reverse our demographic crisis or to improve the situation with Vermont's worsening opioids epidemic.
|Double your heating fuel taxes||NO||YES
I voted to double your heating fuel taxes.
|Increase your payroll taxes||NO||YES
I voted to increase your payroll taxes.
|Increase your capital gains taxes||NO||YES
I voted to increase your capital gains taxes.
|Pay raise for legislators||NO||YES
I voted to give myself a perpetual pay raise.
|Ban plastic bags, straws & styrofoam||NO||YES|
|Mandatory health insurance||NO||YES|
|"Global Warming Solutions Act"||NO||YES|
|Increase state minimum wage by 2.25x inflation||NO||YES|
|Allow Act-46 forced school mergers to delay one year||YES||NO|
|Raise tobacco purchase and use age from 18 to 21||NO||YES|
|Abolish Columbus Day||NO||YES|
|Proposition 5 - "reproductive autonomy" in the Vermont Constitution||NO||YES|
|Prohibit "ballot harvesting" in the 2020 election||YES||NO|
|Allow non-citizen voting in Montpelier||NO||YES|
|Give $5 million to "undocumented aliens" living in Vermont earning up to $99k/yr each ($198k/yr for married couples)||NO||YES|
The solution to Vermont's problems cannot be to continually grow government, increase regulation, taxes, fines and fees. Nor can we grow our economy by mandating higher and higher minimum wages. Wages are sustainably increased only when businesses compete for labor, and that can only happen with a strong, business-friendly economy.
The reality is that in order to pay for the things we all want - clean water, world-class schools, paved roads, well-maintained parks and trails, engaging social programs, fully-funded state pensions and a sustainable safety-net for the indigent - we need a strong economy!
And a strong economy requires us to compete with our neighboring states. To recognize our worth in the regional, national and global marketplace. To play to our strengths by supporting our farms and our small businesses and helping them to grow to reach new markets, create new jobs and bring in revenue from outside Vermont. Our government needs to help - not hinder - economic activity in Vermont.
Read about my plan to transform Vermont's economy and create 10,000 high-paid jobs in Vermont within four years.
Please send me to Montpelier to grow our economy, lower our taxes and cut our business-killing regulations. You can help in one or more of the following ways:
If you want to see change in Montpelier, then you need to change who goes to Montpelier.