Looney Friday: February 10, 2017
Visiting Vermont? Enjoy paying $2.00 more per night! (Click Here to view the bill)
Some of the more liberal members of the Vermont Senate are looking to discourage tourists from visiting Vermont. A new Senate bill, S.81, will impose a $2.00 per night and per room, occupancy charge. This is in addition to the 9.0% tax already imposed.
Who are these enemies of an affordable Vermont and promoting a vibrant tourist economy you ask...
Progressive Senator Chris Pearson (Chittenden County)
Democrat Senator Claire Ayer (Addison County)
Democrat Senator Alison Clarkson (Windsor County)
Democrat Senator Debbie Ingram (Chittenden County)
Democrat Senator Ginny Lyons (Chittenden County)
Democrat Senator Mark MacDonald (Orange County)
Progressive Senator Anthony Pollina (Washington County)
The Sugar Tax is Back! (Click here to view the bill)
Democrats in the House won’t back down. They were already successful in passing an additional tax on drinks; now with H. 214 Democrats want to add a two cent per ounce fee on sugary beverages. When is enough, enough? Never?
It's as if Democrats are saying: “Your choices are wrong and this tax is your punishment.” It certainly sounds like the House is working against the people, rather than for them.
You can thank the following for their work on taxing sugar.
Democrat Representative George Till (Jericho)
Democrat Representative Betsy Dunn (Essex Town)
Democrat Representative Ben Joseph (North Hero)
Democrat Representative Jim McCullough (Williston)
Democrat Representative Michael Mrowicki (Putney)
Democrat Representative Tom Stevens (Waterbury)
Democrat Representative Linda Sullivan (Burlington)