H. 554

An act making appropriations for the support of government. Passage of the bill.

Yeas, 80. Nays, 65. Absent, 4. House Journal 4/1/99.

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:
Alfano of Calais
Anderson of Woodstock
Aswad of Burlington
Atkins of Winooski
Barbieri of Wallingford
Blanchard of Essex
Bristol of Brattleboro
Brooks of Montpelier
Carmolli of Rutland City
Costello of Brattleboro
Cross of Winooski
Darrow of Newfane
Darrow of Dummerston
Deen of Westminster
Deuel of West Rutland
Doyle of Richmond
Dunne of Hartland
Emmons of Springfield
Follett of Springfield
Fox of Essex
Fyfe of Newport City
Ginevan of Middlebury
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
Kinsey of Craftsbury
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
Little of Shelburne
Mackinnon of Sharon
Masland of Thetford
Mazzariello of Rutland City
McNamara of Burlington
Milkey of Brattleboro
Miller of Shaftsbury
Milne of Washington
Molloy of Arlington
Moore of Rutland City
Nitka of Ludlow
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
Pugh of South Burlington
Richardson of Weathersfield
Rivero of Milton
Rusten of Halifax
Seibert of Norwich
Smith of Sudbury
Starr of Troy
Steele of Waterbury
Stevens of Newbury
Sullivan of Burlington
Sweaney of Windsor
Symington of Jericho
Tracy of Burlington
Valsangiacomo of Barre City
Vinton of Colchester
Waite of Pawlet
Weiss of Northfield
Westman of Cambridge
Wheeler of Burlington
Wisell of Bristol
Woodward of Johnson
Allard of St. Albans Town
Angell of Randolph
Baker of West Rutland
Barney of Highgate
Bourdeau of Hyde Park
Bouricius of Burlington
Brown of Walden
Buckland of Newport Town
Clark of St. Johnsbury
Cleland of Northfield
Colvin of Bennington
Corren of Burlington
Crawford of Burke
Dakin of Colchester
DePoy of Rutland City
Dominick of Starksboro
Edwards of Swanton
Flory of Pittsford
Freed of Dorset
Gervais of Enosburg
Gray of Barre Town
Hathaway of Barton
Helm of Castleton
Hingtgen of Burlington
Holmes of Bethel
Houston of Ferrisburg
Hudson of Lyndon
Hyde of Fayston
Johnson of Canaan
Kainen of Hartford
LaBarge of Grand Isle
Larocque of Barnet
Larrabee of Danville
Livingston of Manchester
Mallary of Brookfield
Marron of Stowe
Maslack of Poultney
Mazur of South Burlington
McGrath of Ferrisburg
Metzger of Milton
Morrissey of Bennington
Mullin of Rutland Town
Neiman of Georgia
O'Donnell of Vernon
Palmer of Pownal
Peaslee of Guildhall
Pike of Mendon
Pratt of Castleton
Quaid of Williston
Randall of Bradford
Robb of Swanton
Schaefer of Colchester
Schiavone of Shelburne
Severance of Colchester
Sheltra of Derby
Sherman of St. Johnsbury
Smith of New Haven
Suchmann of Chester
Sweetser of Essex
Towne of Berlin
Voyer of Morristown
Willett of St. Albans City
Winters of Williamstown
Young of Orwell
Zuckerman of Burlington
Flaherty of South Burlington
Hube of Londonderry
Vincent of Waterbury
Wood of Brandon
Rep. Bouricius of Burlington, explained his vote as follows:

"Mr. Speaker: Some advocates for affordable housing, seniors concerned about VSCRIPT, and others, have suggested a yes vote on this bill as-is, because there are some genuine improvements contained in the bill. In my opinion, this is actually the worst budget I've ever had to vote on in my nine years here - because it represents the greatest disparity between what is fiscally possible and what has been actually achieved. When the legislature was slashing programs for the weak and vulnerable throughout this decade, at least there was the excuse that there was a state deficit. It turns out it wasn't the deficit that motivates such cuts, because now that we have a surplus, there is still no willingness to restore even half of the cuts to such programs as Aid to Aged, Blind and Disabled. This budget is predicated on tax cuts for the rich, cuts to the earned income tax credit for the poor and expanded state promotion of gambling. I can only hope that the other body will markedly improve this bill before it returns.

Rep. Koch of Barre Town, explained his vote as follows:

"Mr. Speaker: By the time I read this explanation, I will have voted. As I write it, I am still uncertain how I will vote. This is one of the most difficult votes I have ever cast. There is much that is good in this budget: pharmaceutical coverage for the elderly, estate recovery policy, help for higher education and some protection for tobacco funds. At the same time, the bottom line is too high, human services increases overall are excessive, and on-going programs have problems which will return next year. Make no mistake, I do not believe that his is the best budget we can write for the people of Vermont, and I hope it will be far improved before we adjourn."

Rep. Symington of Jericho, explained her vote as follows:

"Mr. Speaker: I vote for this budget out of respect for 11 members of this House who constructed this budget on a foundation designed by others within ceilings they had hoped could have been loftier, and with an extra room added by others and whose floor beams I distrust. I vote for this budget now in hopes that when it returns from the other body, the number of rooms will be more in keeping with the foundation on which it is built, and with the chancy floor beams removed."

Rep. Young of Orwell, explained his vote as follows:

"Mr. Speaker: Have we learned nothing from history? Once again we have begun making financial promises and expenditures that the future won't allow us to keep."