Senate candidates spar over VY, budget

Senate candidates spar over VY, budget

There are 27 comments on the Brattleboro Reformer story from Oct 2, 2010, titled Senate candidates spar over VY, budget. In it, Brattleboro Reformer reports that:

Four candidates for the county's two open Senate seats sparred Thursday night in a live broadcast on Brattleboro Community Television.

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“figuresdontlie*l iarscanfigure”

Since: Feb 10

S. Londonderry VT

#21 Oct 4, 2010
Scott wrote:
as good truthful political talkers like Alex Jones say- "It's not about Right vs. Left but Right vs. Wrong"
I admire Alex Jones. He was equally critical of Bush.
http://www.infowars.com/
Truthtalker

Brattleboro, VT

#22 Oct 4, 2010
northstardust wrote:
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Spoken like a good cow. Going w/the flow aka herding wonderful advice for livestock.
There are things we have no control over. Those that we do are in our best interest to make ourselves, or someone else will to do it for us. Pure folly if you don't know where it's going, can also lead straight up Shyt Creek.
Dubie will raise taxes on the on every property owner by dumping $40,000,000.00 in general fund liabilities on to property taxes.
This means those who are not homeowners would also pay more since rental & leased housing will simply charge more to recoup the loss.
He also supports ending income sensitivity. Low income property tax owners would pay even more. This includes the working poor & elderly.
Those taxes you are claiming will be cut are for the 1300 wealthiest VTers, on the backs of all other taxpayers. As you can see the rest of us will just end up paying more to cover it since the revenue which must be made up must come from somewhere.
Shumlin is interested in cutting bureaucracies.
We, "other tax payers" are already paying because as Vermont has become higher taxed the percentage of high income taxpayers has gone down. The National Average for income earners making over $200k is between 4 and 5%. NH is between 4 and 5%. Vermont is 2% and change. Why? Don't those high income people know how much lifestyle is supposed to bring them here to run businesses. Or to invest capital?

Cutting taxes is imperative if Vermont wants to compete in the future. And cutting the budget. Shumlin will never cut the budget or cut taxes. Never has never will. He has inherited so much money he doesn't care how much he pays in taxes. He will have plenty left over to run for governor and his real goal: the US Senate. His ultimate status symbol job.
Think about it

Dover, NH

#23 Oct 4, 2010
Maybe ending income sensitivity is a good thing. When people have to pay for things, they usually have to think about their purchases and prioritize. Why do you care what the school budget is if because of income sensitivity, your taxes won't go up? Maybe, if you knew any increase in budget was coming out of your pocket, you might think about it a little more. I live in a doublewide on land because the payment and taxes were in our budget. Same goes with healthcare. I have a HSA with a high deductible and when I go to a doctor, part of my homework prior to making an appointment is finding out what they charge. Oh, and my family makes around $85K a year. So we're not dirt poor.

“figuresdontlie*l iarscanfigure”

Since: Feb 10

S. Londonderry VT

#24 Oct 4, 2010
Think about it wrote:
Maybe ending income sensitivity is a good thing. When people have to pay for things, they usually have to think about their purchases and prioritize. Why do you care what the school budget is if because of income sensitivity, your taxes won't go up? Maybe, if you knew any increase in budget was coming out of your pocket, you might think about it a little more. I live in a doublewide on land because the payment and taxes were in our budget. Same goes with healthcare. I have a HSA with a high deductible and when I go to a doctor, part of my homework prior to making an appointment is finding out what they charge. Oh, and my family makes around $85K a year. So we're not dirt poor.
Income sensitivity is to protect those who have extremely low income, it is a percentage & on a sliding scale.

You make a good point. I & my husband also live w/in our means & are solvent. Fortunately he is a veteran & pays little for his health care.

I do not know if you live in VT or not. On the income you gave, your propery taxes would go way up along w/everyone elses if it passed. VT families who are struggling, many who have lost @ least one income already pay high property taxes.

So that the few wealthiest VTers could get a tax break?
Mongering

Ware, MA

#25 Oct 5, 2010
Interesting Article....

Looks as though the fear mongerers in VT are trying to impact the lives of New Englanders all the way down in CT too.

http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/news15009.htm...
The Reformer litterbox

Dover, NH

#26 Oct 13, 2010
northstardust wrote:
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Income sensitivity is to protect those who have extremely low income, it is a percentage & on a sliding scale.
You make a good point. I & my husband also live w/in our means & are solvent. Fortunately he is a veteran & pays little for his health care.
I do not know if you live in VT or not. On the income you gave, your propery taxes would go way up along w/everyone elses if it passed. VT families who are struggling, many who have lost @ least one income already pay high property taxes.
So that the few wealthiest VTers could get a tax break?
They will not be weatly Vermonters for long. Keep taxing them and they will be weathly New Hampshirees. That is part of the reason the average income in the state continues to decrease. I know you want to blame it on corporations not giving pay increases, but how about blaming it on the continual increase of taxes on business and upper middle class citizens. This drives good paying businesses out, hence driving out the weathier Vermonters. What happens when you finally tax all the people out of the state that are actually paying for your stupid free rides? Answer: Government goes BROKE!! You are starting to see it now.

Since: Jul 10

Brattleboro, VT

#27 Oct 13, 2010
Mongering wrote:
Interesting Article....
Looks as though the fear mongerers in VT are trying to impact the lives of New Englanders all the way down in CT too.
http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/news15009.htm...
The "article" is more like an editorial; hardly impartial, it takes an overtly pro-nuke point of view, arguing that Vermonters who want VY closed on schedule are driving up electricity rates in Connecticut.

First point: Why do we care? We're within our rights to be more concerned about our own environment and power supply.
Second point: The article says CT is an energy importer. Maybe before leaning on VT for more energy, CT should put its own house in order, conserving and controlling its demand and developing more of its own supply. If MA can plan extensive sea-based wind farms that generate lots of current most of the time, for example, why not CT?
Third point: Like VY employees, CT knew 40 years ago that VY would close in 2012, so they have no excuse to whine about it now, just because they failed to develop other plans.

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