report from montpelier

By Rep. Jessica Brumsted and Kate Webb We head back to Montpelier this week for the second half of the legislative session. Things will be busy as we finish up all we can in our committees, pass bills to the House floor, debate them, and possibly vote to send them over to the Senate. March… Read More »

Report from Montpelier

By RePs. Kate Webb and Jessica Brumsted The Legislature is currently on Town Meeting break, scheduled to reopen on March 14. Over the next two weeks, we will provide an update on a variety of topics under discussion in the State House. First up: addressing the Vermont State Budget. While we monitor potential cuts the… Read More »

Report from Montpelier

Report from Montpelier

By Rep. Jessica Brumsted There is always a tension between individual rights or local control and what’s best for the entire state. This inherent tension plays out in Montpelier on an almost daily basis as we legislators wrestle with local decision making vs. decisions that are made in law by the legislature and in rules… Read More »

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 »