H. 548

An act relating to equal education opportunity omnibus act

Rep. Suchmann amendment regarding small business education tax credit

Yeas, 57. Nays, 79. Absent, 13. House Journal 3/29/99.

Those who voted in the affirmative are:Those who voted in the negative are:Those absent with leave of the House and not voting are:
Allard of St. Albans Town
Angell of Randolph
Baker of West Rutland
Barney of Highgate
Bourdeau of Hyde Park
Brown of Walden
Buckland of Newport Town
Clark of St. Johnsbury
Cleland of Northfield
Crawford of Burke
DePoy of Rutland City
Flory of Pittsford
Freed of Dorset
Ginevan of Middlebury
Gray of Barre Town
Hathaway of Barton
Helm of Castleton
Hingtgen of Burlington
Houston of Ferrisburg
Hube of Londonderry
Hudson of Lyndon
Johnson of Canaan
Kainen of Hartford
Kinsey of Craftsbury
LaBarge of Grand Isle
Larocque of Barnet
Larrabee of Danville
Livingston of Manchester
Maslack of Poultney
Mazur of South Burlington
McGrath of Ferrisburg
Metzger of Milton
Morrissey of Bennington
Mullin of Rutland Town
Neiman of Georgia
Nitka of Ludlow
O'Donnell of Vernon
Palmer of Pownal
Peaslee of Guildhall
Pike of Mendon
Pratt of Castleton
Pugh of South Burlington
Quaid of Williston
Randall of Bradford
Richardson of Weathersfield
Robb of Swanton
Schaefer of Colchester
Schiavone of Shelburne
Sheltra of Derby
Sherman of St. Johnsbury
Smith of New Haven
Suchmann of Chester
Sweetser of Essex
Towne of Berlin
Willett of St. Albans City
Winters of Williamstown
Young of Orwell
Alfano of Calais
Anderson of Woodstock
Atkins of Winooski
Barbieri of Wallingford
Blanchard of Essex
Bouricius of Burlington
Bristol of Brattleboro
Brooks of Montpelier
Colvin of Bennington
Corren of Burlington
Costello of Brattleboro
Cross of Winooski
Dakin of Colchester
Darrow of Newfane
Darrow of Dummerston
Deen of Westminster
Deuel of West Rutland
Dominick of Starksboro
Doyle of Richmond
Dunne of Hartland
Emmons of Springfield
Follett of Springfield
Fox of Essex
Gervais of Enosburg
Gretkowski of Burlington
Heath of Westford
Hoag of Woodford
Howrigan of Fairfield
Hummel of Underhill
Jordan of Middlesex
Keenan of St. Albans City
Kehler of Pomfret
Kitzmiller of Montpelier
Koch of Barre Town
Krasnow of Charlotte
Krawczyk of Bennington
Kreitzer of Rutland City
Lafayette of Burlington
Lehman of Hartford
Lippert of Hinesburg
Mackinnon of Sharon
Mallary of Brookfield
Marron of Stowe
Masland of Thetford
Mazzariello of Rutland City
McNamara of Burlington
Miller of Shaftsbury
Milne of Washington
Molloy of Arlington
Moore of Rutland City
Nuovo of Middlebury
Osman of Plainfield
Paquin of Fairfax
Parizo of Essex
Partridge of Windham
Pembroke of Bennington
Perry of Richford
Poirier of Barre City
Postman of Brownington
Rivero of Milton
Rusten of Halifax
Seibert of Norwich
Severance of Colchester
Smith of Sudbury
Starr of Troy
Steele of Waterbury
Stevens of Newbury
Sweaney of Windsor
Symington of Jericho
Tracy of Burlington
Valsangiacomo of Barre City
Vincent of Waterbury
Vinton of Colchester
Waite of Pawlet
Weiss of Northfield
Wheeler of Burlington
Wisell of Bristol
Woodward of Johnson
Zuckerman of Burlington
Aswad of Burlington
Carmolli of Rutland City
Edwards of Swanton
Flaherty of South Burlington
Fyfe of Newport City
Holmes of Bethel
Hyde of Fayston
Little of Shelburne
Milkey of Brattleboro
Sullivan of Burlington
Voyer of Morristown
Westman of Cambridge
Wood of Brandon
Rep. Atkins of Winooski, explained his vote as follows:

"Mr. Speaker: I promised to be a strong advocate for small business. The body has offered 37 million in tax credits for small businesses. Three members during discussions promised to address this problem in a committee setting. This promise lead to my non-support of this amendment."

Rep. Livingston of Manchester, explained her vote as follows:

"Mr. Speaker: I voted in support of this amendment because Manchester's small businesses are suffering, as are many others across the state, from the inadvertent impact of Act 60 - they should know we are listening, we care and that we will work to help them."

Rep. Marron of Stowe, explained his vote as follows:

"Mr. Speaker: I am a small businessman. Small business education tax relief is something that needs to be provided. I believe that H. 548, as passed on second reading, will provide more long-term tax relief to small businesses than this amendment."

Rep. Pembroke of Bennington, explained his vote as follows:

"Mr. Speaker: I voted "No" with reservations. Thirteen years ago I was on a mission to get relief for small business in regards to Workers Compensation rates. After years of being promised a study on this, success was finally achieved. A member of the Vermont Truck and Bus Association thanked me last year as the saving in his premium was enough to buy a new $60,000 tractor. So, I would hope the study the member from West Rutland refers to will be addressed next session and not make the same promise for the next thirteen years."