Last week's Joint Fiscal Committee meeting was an interesting one; filled with updates, facts and numbers of all kinds. It is too early in the fiscal year to get a good trend line for incoming revenue, but there were some continuing issues showing up in the first two months of the fiscal year (July & August), here are some highlights: Personal Income withholding is lower than estimated, while payments to estimated income taxes exceed targets. This has been happening for several years, but it continues beyond estimates. The Sales and Use tax is 2% under target so far this [...]
Carolyn Branagan is a lifelong resident of Vermont, born in Windsor in 1954. She moved to the Franklin County community of Georgia in 1963, with her parents, John and Louise Whitney. Her dad was a dairy farmer and mom was a registered nurse. Mrs. Branagan graduated from Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans 1972, and the University of Vermont, BS 1976, M.Ed.1984. She was employed as a school teacher in Fairfax and Fairfield and then as a teaching principal in Fairfield until her own children came along. She is married to Chris Branagan, CPA and a partner in the St. Albans based accounting firm Kittell, Branagan and Sargent. The couple will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary in July 2016. They have three grown children: Amy 32, Sean 31 and Mary 28, and one grandchild.
Mrs. Branagan is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Vermont Historical Society, and a former trustee of the University of Vermont and former chair and trustee of the annual Vermont Maple Festival. She served as treasurer for Martha’s Kitchen, Franklin County’s only free soup kitchen, and former member of the board for Samaritan House. She is a former member and chair of the Georgia School board, member of the Franklin West Supervisory Union Board, and is the current Town Moderator in Georgia. She was one of the editors of the annual Georgia history.
Mrs. Branagan is a member of the Georgia Plain Baptist church where her family has attended since 1963. She has served the church as Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, Deacon, church Treasurer, Helping Hand Member, Missions Committee member, Supper committee Chair and member and Garden Committee. She is a past chair and current treasurer of the Franklin County Republican committee.
Mrs. Branagan describes the highest honor of her life being named as the Vermont Mother of the Year in 2010. She served on the national board of American Mothers from 2010-2014 and was area coordinator for ten northeastern states.
Mrs. Branagan was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives from Franklin-1 district in 2002 and served in House in the sessions of 2003-4, 2005-6, 2007-8, 2009-10, 2011-12, 2013-14 and 2015-16. While in the House she served on the House Education Committee as clerk and the House Ways and Means committee as ranking member and is current Vice Chair. She was on the Governor’s Commission for International Education, member of the Women’s Caucus, Interactive Television Board, and is a current member of the Joint Fiscal Committee, Women’s Caucus and the Republican caucus.
Chris and Carolyn Branagan live in Georgia Vermont where they produce award winning, pure Vermont maple syrup.