Report from Montpelier

Report from Montpelier

With a new Governor comes a near wholesale change in leadership at all state agencies. As these new leaders begin to reconcile where we are now with where they want to go, the Legislative committees listen to proposals that will require changes in law or funding. Committees also hear from those who will be affected… Read More »

Report from Montpelier

Report from Montpelier

By Rep. Jessica Comai Brumsted As I reflect over this past week both in my personal life, in my community, in my state, and in my country, I am struck by the strong emotion and caring throughout; I feel so proud and lucky to live here in Vermont. I spent a couple of days watching… Read More »

report from montpelier

report from montpelier

By Rep. Kate Webb Governor Scott’s inaugural speech identified the importance not only of public school K-12 education, but also the social, educational, and economic value of well-funded early childhood and higher education. I was caught by surprise last week when we heard his plan. Equally surprising was how few stakeholders had an opportunity to… Read More »

Report from montpelier

Report from montpelier

By Rep. Jessica Brumsted This past week in Montpelier was a busy one, starting with the FY17 budget adjustment. Vermont passes a balanced budget each year, and mid-year adjustments must be made. Revenue forecasts as well as expenses can vary, which must be accounted for and rebalanced so that we don’t end up with a… Read More »

Report from Montpelier

By Tim Ashe I want to report on a few areas where ideas originating from constituent calls and e-mails passed into law in 2016. I’ve been contacted by many young Vermonters with a similar story. They graduate college, land a job, sow their oats, realize they want to plant roots and buy a home, then… Read More »

report from montpelier

by Reps. Joan Lenes and Kate Webb In the last of our end-of-session articles, we discuss some elements of the 2017 budget. Over the last biennium, the legislature has tackled a long-standing disconnect between the way we raise money and the way we spend it. The upward pressures on state services and programs are very… Read More »

Report from Montpelier

By Representatives Joan Lenes and Kate Webb With the Chittenden South Supervisory consolidation vote coming up on June 7th, we want to give a brief update on Act 46 from both a state and local perspective. Last spring, the legislature passed Act 46, designed to move the state toward a sustainable model of education. The… Read More »

Legislative update: Protecting our environment

By Representatives Kate Webb and Joan Lenes With another session adjourned, we finally have breathing room to look back while also looking forward. Over the coming weeks, we will provide an update on legislation passed. First up: the environment. Whether it is phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain or PFOA in Bennington’s groundwater, the legislature continued… Read More »

report from montpelier

Rep. Kate Webb The 2015-16 legislative session ended shortly after midnight Saturday morning. A flurry of activity occurred Thursday and Friday, and Representative Lenes and I will compile an end-of-session report to address some of those results in the coming weeks. The final wrangling was not so much between political parties as it was between… Read More »

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