Charles Winkleman

Burlington Politics from the Left

Phil Scott – Vermont’s Second-Home Worried Governor

Jan
24

 

“Many folks on fixed incomes what {want} to stay here in Vermont and can’t afford that second home elsewhere,” Scott said. “They deserve, as much as anyone, to live with the dignity in retirement they earned through a lifetime of work.”

Retired Vermonters on fixed incomes shouldn’t be paying taxes on their social security, especially if they are living in or near poverty, are renters, or owe a lot of debt on their home. But it sure seems strange for Phil Scott to focus on Vermonters who own second homes, most of whom probably are making more than a household $70,000 a year. It’s hard enough to live in Vermont on that combined salary, nevermind pay property taxes, insurance, upkeep, travel expenses on a second home. 60% of Burlington residents own 0 homes, never-mind 2.

Here’s the other kicker – $6.1 million dollars a year, for 35,000 retirees, means they will save on average $174 a year. Please show me someone who owns a vacation home and is leaving the state to save $174 a year. That must be one small second home, and one really tight budget.

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