Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) and Vermont’s Democrat legislators have been targeted by state Republicans for their alleged inability to make changes in Vermont's property tax structure. Republicans claim it is costing Vermonters jobs.
Now a July 24 news report on Vermont television station Fox 44 has state Republicans fuming.
The television report detailed how one company has had to leave the Green Mountain State.
The FOX 44 news story mentions that Susan Wachob and her husband are the owners of Hearthside Quilts in Hinesburg.
After 14 years of doing business in Vermont the Wachobs have decided to move their business to Virginia.
“We have to leave,” Susan Wachob said in the Fox 44 report.
Wachob said that two years ago the money started running out.
Between her home and company, she was paying $16,000 a year in taxes.
Wachob told Fox 44 that, in Virginia, she'll be paying a quarter of the business taxes she was paying in Vermont.
“We really have to go somewhere where we can build our income back up,: she said.
But for Wachob and her family, it's personal, according to the Fox 44 report. She’s loved living in Vermont but has this message for Gov. Shumlin and state lawmakers: “What planet are you living on? Its not the same one I'm living on. We're empty. We're done,” she told the Fox 44 reporter.
Pat McDonald, chairwoman of the Vermont Republican Party said, "It’s stories like these that lead Vermont to be ranked by Forbes magazine in the bottom five U.S. states to do business in. Vermont's governor and the Democratics need to get serious about the property tax issue.”
Unlike Vermont’s governor, McDonald said, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) provided strong leadership by supporting— and then signing into law—a property tax cap.
“In Vermont, we saw our governor and the Democratic supermajority move forward with a broad based property tax increase—something which hasn't happened since the passage of Act 68,” McDonald said.