Opinion: First-term lawmaker decries power politics in Vermont State House - VT Digger

First term lawmaker says Vermont House leadership tells rank and file how to vote - or else. 


"This past session when the fee on heating fuels for low-income weatherization came to the floor and an amendment to create an exemption for farmers passed, this was perceived by the speaker as an embarrassment. "

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  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2019-08-28 07:55:01 -0400
    I believe that it was Sir Winston Churchill who stated that “There are two thing which people with weak stomachs should not be privy to, one is the making of sausage, the other is the making of law”.
  • Dale Hackett
    commented 2019-08-28 07:15:23 -0400
    when you align the votes, party politics, your not always serving what is in the best interest of the citizens of the state. I’ve always considered that can be true, is true for sure at times. the compromise to get enough votes, can seriously diminish what the bill is , compared to what it would of been. however, if you don’t try to get consensus, the diversity of views on bills would often prevent anything substantial from passing. i call this power politics, i don’t like it, nor do i have a better option.