Montpelier, Vt. – Jeff Bartley, executive director of the Vermont Republican Party today issued the following statement on Sue Minter’s support for new taxes on over 160 services Vermonters use:

“We have to hand it to Sue Minter, she’s very slick when discussing which new taxes she wants to create and which current taxes she wants to increase.  She must have learned this from her mentor, Peter Shumlin.

“Still, Minter’s pre-programed answers clearly convey she genuinely believes higher taxes will somehow make Vermont more affordable.  Just last week she admitted that she’d like to tax everything from haircuts and snow plowing, to childcare and home heating system service.  And, it’s not the first time she’s made that pledge.

“At this point, it’s unclear if there’s anything she won’t tax.  Moreover, she deceptively argues that increasing the cost of services on families and businesses will actually lower your taxes and costs of living.  Yet, Minter can’t point to any example of when creating new taxes in Vermont resulted in a lower tax burden over the mid- or long-term or a lower cost of living.  That’s because when government expands the tax base, it leads to higher overall tax capacity and tax burden.

“Make no mistake, Sue Minter wants higher taxes on your checking accounts and ATM transactions; an 88-cent per gallon tax on your gasoline and home heating fuel and now a new sales tax on over 160 services Vermonters frequently use.”

— Jeff Bartley, Executive Director, VTGOP

 


SUE MINTER ON EXTENDING THE SALES TAX TO 160 SERVICES NOT CURRENTLY TAXED

“‘I will balance the budget. I will be a good steward of the people’s money. I will look at the economic impact of every spending and (revenue) raising decision… We have a tax code now, Mike, and you know this, that was really built around durable goods. And, now our economy – two thirds of it – is really a service sector economy…. We need to be thinking about the entire system.’” (Source: WDEV Radio, Open Mike, Thursday, September 14, 2016)

…AND, IN WHAT CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS A SHUMLIN-LIKE MOVE, SUE MINTER WANTS YOU TO BELIEVE THAT SHE WILL LOWER TAXES BY CREATING NEW TAXES …

“‘I’m interested in going back to the program we had after the Blue Ribbon Tax Commission that looked at what can we really do to lower rates by expanding the base. That would be my goal.’” (Source: WDEV Radio, September 14, 2016)

… KIND OF LIKE HOW SHUMLIN – FOR FOUR YEARS – PROMISED TO MAKE HEALTHCARE MORE AFFORDABLE BY MAKING IT LESS AFFORDABLE…

“The numbers were stunning. To implement single-payer, the analysis showed, it would cost $4.3 billion in 2017, with Vermont taxpayers picking up $2.6 billion and the federal government covering the rest. To put the figures into perspective, Vermont’s entire fiscal 2015 budget, including both state and federal funds, is about $4.9 billion. Shumlin’s office estimated the state would need to impose new personal income taxes of up to 9.5 percent, on top of current rates that range from 3.55 to 8.95 percent. Businesses would be hit with an 11.5 percent payroll tax, on top of 7.65 percent payroll taxes employer pay for Social Security and Medicare. And even those tax increases might not have been enough. (Boston Globe, January 25th, 2015)

…AND HOW THE DEMOCRAT LEADERS – INCLUDING MINTER  ARE SUPPORTING A NEW 88-CENT/GALLON ‘CARBON TAX’ ON GASOLINE AND HOME HEATING FUEL

“Democrats Sue Minter and Peter Galbraith said they would back (a carbon) tax in Vermont…” (Source: VTDigger, July 7th, 2016)

NOW…ASK YOURSELF:  DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT MINTER’S NEW SALES TAXES WOULD ACTUALLY RESULT IN YOU PAYING LESS IN TAXES OVER THE LONG-TERM?!

WE THINK NOT.