Report from Montpelier

Report from Montpelier

This report was submitted by six area Democratic state representatives: Jessica Brumsted and Kate Webb, Shelburne; Mike Yantachka, Charlotte; Bill Lippert, Hinesburg; and Terry Macaig and Jim McCullough, Williston. The Legislature met last week in a veto session to address the statewide budget and education property tax bills. Although these bills are essential to fund… Read More »

Report from Montpelier

Report from Montpelier

By Reps. Jessica Brumstead and Kate Webb Our last article provides an update on some of the environmental actions this year. Up first: federal influence. President Trump’s recent refusal to remain in the Paris agreement sparked outrage from Sens. Leahy and Sanders and Rep. Welch. In Vermont, Gov. Scott’s announcement that he would join the… Read More »

Report from Montpelier

Report from Montpelier

By Jessica Brumsted and Kate Webb Although a protracted debate over school employee health coverage dominated the airwaves over the last few weeks, a number of high-value economic development programs quietly passed to the governor’s desk for signature. The typically cranky Vermont Chamber gave the 2017 legislative session an “A” with the Lake Champlain Regional… Read More »

Report from Montpelier

Report from Montpelier

By Rep. Jessica Brumsted A week ago, we passed both the budget and the property tax bill (H.518 and H.509) at about midnight. This action came after several days of trying to reach a compromise with the Governor over his teachers’ health care proposal. The FY 2018 budget was never in question; the House had… Read More »

Report from Montpelier

Finding the sweet spot of agreement. No small task that. By the time this is in print, I assume a budget will be passed or near to it. I will do my best to explain how I see the controversy around health insurance for school employees and why it is holding up adjournment. The Vermont… Read More »

Report from Montpelier

Report from Montpelier

By Rep. Jessica Brumsted When this is published, all members of the General Assembly will be back in the State House for an 18th week, because time ran out on our work and we were not able to adjourn on Saturday as planned. Since mid-April, House and Senate leaders have been focused on trying to… Read More »

Report from Montpelier

Report from Montpelier

Representative Kate Webb At the time of this writing, the fate of many bills is unknown but will be clear by the time this article is in print. Did the House move a bill on to the Senate that opens the door for legal recreational use of marijuana? And what happened to amendments to create… Read More »

Report from montpelier

Report from montpelier

By Rep. Jessica Brumsted With an estimated two weeks remaining in the 2017 legislative session, House and Senate committees are busy finishing work on the most pressing legislation. In House Government Operations, where I am a member, work continues on S. 8, the ethics bill that I wrote about in my last column. Committee Chair… Read More »

Report from Montpelier

Report from Montpelier

By Representative Kate Webb With the Senate poised to vote out the budget this week, we are on the road to adjournment by the end of the first week in May. The only must-pass bills before adjournment include the spending and revenue bills. All of those have moved to the Senate and as they return… Read More »

Report from Montpelier

Report from Montpelier

By Rep. Jessica Brumstead Last week, the House passed both the FY18 general fund budget and the capital budget and state bonding bill with nearly unanimous votes. Ever since February, I have observed all the members of the House Appropriations Committee come in early, work late, and travel to the statehouse on Mondays to produce… Read More »

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