S. 139

An act relating to increase the minimum wage.

Amendment offered by the committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs, as divided, raising the minimum wage.

Yeas, 137. Nays, 4. Absent, 8. House Journal 4/27/99.

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

"Mr. Speaker: We all recognize that $5.75 - $5.50 or whatever in this range is not a livable wage. To engage in rhetoric that we are addressing that problem is hypocritical and misleading. At the same time, many of those who are working for this rate of wage in the present economic conditions when nonskilled jobs at rates of $8.00 or $9.00 go begging are doing so because they prefer to for whatever reasons. Whether it is entry level, part time supplemental income or a fill-in between jobs, they should not be denied the opportunity to do so because of mandates by the State."

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

"Mr. Speaker: I cannot vote for an increase/mandate to take effect in September when a study of its potential impact will probably be due in December."