Report from Montpelier

Report from Montpelier

By Rep. Kate Webb Last Friday, the House passed the 2018 budget on a vote of 143-1 and the corresponding revenue package on a vote of 138-0. This near unanimous support reflects universal acknowledgement that it is time to “keep the ship steady,” so to speak, as we prepare for uncertainty ahead. The budget focus… Read More »

report from montpelier

report from montpelier

By Rep. Jessica Brumsted Late last week, Republicans in the U.S. House decided to pull back their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act when they figured out they did not have the votes to act. This gives Vermont a bit of a reprieve from planning for the large cuts that were part… Read More »

Report from montpelier

Report from montpelier

By Rep. Kate Webb Last week brought a flurry of activity to the Statehouse as committees wrestled to complete policy work to either send to the full House for debate, or on to the two money committees for review of potential impacts on spending or revenue. The recent news from Washington certainly cast a pall… Read More »

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 »