Editor’s note: This commentary is by Deb Billado, chairwoman of the Vermont GOP.
Last week, I talked about how the majority in Montpelier is trying to over-regulate contractors and handymen in Vermont, as well as the services they provide to countless Vermonters.
But that’s not all — the Democrats and Progressives in the Vermont Legislature are also seeking to impose a brand-new rental registry for all rental properties in the state.
This legislation would:
- Impose brand new fees on as many as 80,000 Vermonters;
- Create new bureaucratic positions at the cost of $850,000 per-year in taxpayer dollars; and
Require all Vermonters with rental homes–whether it’s an annual rental or a short-term rental–to register with the state of Vermont.
- Governor Scott vetoed this bill (S.79) earlier this year, noting it would have added “additional restrictions, costs and hoops to jump through” for Vermonters at a time when we’re trying to emerge from the pandemic.
This is a case-in-point example of how Vermont Democrats words don’t match their actions. They love to talk about affordable housing–but then they vote for legislation that would drive up housing costs and increase housing regulations.
While this bill passed both chambers, with 54 “no” votes in the House of Representatives there’s a very good possibility that Governor Scott’s veto will be upheld. This is great news for all Vermonters.
But we need to keep those 54 “no” votes solid when the Legislature returns in January. To see how your representative voted, click here. And don’t forget to contact your representative to let them know how you feel on this important legislation.
We simply cannot afford to allow more regulations, more fees, more burdens on everyday Vermonters at a time when we are struggling to bounce back. Let’s send a clear message to the Montpelier Majority by upholding Governor Scott’s veto.