12% municipal income tax proposed in Burlington - Seven Days

Oh, that Perri Freeman! The same newcomer to Vermont who graduated from college in 2015, worked for VPIRG, got elected to the Burlington City Council in 2019 and then proposed disarming city police now wants to levy a ‘municipal income tax’ on incomes over $150,000. Well, that’s one way to pay for housing the city’s growing number of homeless people.

"If approved Monday, the resolution would send several significant changes to the council's Charter Change Committee. The first would allow the council to create an ordinance that protects tenants from evictions without cause and workers from wrongful termination. The second set of ordinances would target wealthier Burlingtonians, allowing the council to create a municipal income tax for people making $125,000 a year or more. Another would levy a "municipal luxury sales tax" on all property sales that exceed $500,000. The third would allow the council to set a minimum wage for Burlington workers and create "minimum standards for employers in the city to provide their employees with a written, good faith estimate of the employee’s work schedule.""

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