Licata: Bills increase government revenue, take from taxpayers

by Tom Licata 
‘Not seeing the forest for the trees’ is an idiom. It means missing the big picture by focusing on the various details instead of discerning an overall pattern.

With regards to Burlington Representatives Gabrielle Stebbins’s and Tiff Bluemle’s recent FPF State House Update, I was prepared to analyze many of the House passed bills, which they laid out in their update.

But as I began to dissect each ‘tree’, I found, number one, it would be a very long posting, probably too long for a Front Porch Forum submission. But in analyzing many of these bills, I began to see a disturbing pattern.

Increased taxation, greater regulation, government expansion, civil society’s contraction and loss of individual freedom and business mobility… are the forest.

The Bottle Bill (H.175), the modernization and recalibration of Vermont’s Tax System (S.53), the bill requiring registration of construction contractors (H.157) and the COVID Recovery Bill (H.315) all increase revenues to the government while adding greater burdens on business and individuals. In addition, the roughly six billion dollars in unfunded liabilities was, once again, deferred and not resolved.

Pre-COVID, Vermont has had more deaths than births and more people leaving the state than coming in. The February 2021 tax commission report, commissioned by the Vermont Legislature, has plans to expand the sales tax to the service industry and to increase income taxes.

The forest isn’t green and pristine. The forest is browning and wilting.

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4 replies »

  1. Tax and spend, tax and spend , WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THOSE OF USE ON SOCIAL SECURITY finally GO BROKE supporting you INANE and INSANE Tax and Spend Policies???

  2. Get used to having more government and taxes, because the progressive fox is in control of the chicken coop, Tom.
    If people don’t wake up and 1) get involved in their local government and 2) hold their representatives and senators accountable to we the people, there is not change (for the good) in the future.
    How do you say “complete fiscal audit” of our state government?

  3. Lets follow the Money and see whose pockets are getting lined with OUR MONEY. The Bottle bill extra deposits ie: those bottles NOT redeemed, LEAVE A Vast sea of dollars NOT REFUNDED to the people. Where will it GO?

    • Guido,
      Unclaimed bottle deposit refunds goes back to the government. The Joint Fiscal Office projects that unclaimed deposits, with this new bill, will amount upwards of $1.5 million dollars. I believe it goes into the Clean Water Fund.