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 »

Congressional update

By Joan Lenes The finish line is in sight. I expect to see a few twists and turns before we arrive at the end of the 2016 Legislative Session. It is the nature of business at this time of the year. I do my best to stay focused, stay on top of the moving pieces,… Read More »

Report from Montpelier

By Rep. Joan Lenes As I write this article, I am sure what is accurate today will have a different look on Thursday when the Shelburne News comes out. It is that time of the legislative session when things are moving and changing. Remember, it is only the money bills that must pass before adjournment.… Read More »


by Rep. Kate Webb As we enter the last weeks of the session, several issues face an uncertain outcome. By the end of the session, all we are really required to pass are balanced budgets for the general fund, education and transportation. The rest is optional. Anything that does not make it through dies, as… Read More »

Focus on the telecommunications bill

By Rep. Joan Lenes Topics, issues, and perspectives ebb and flow as needs and information change. In past legislative sessions, I have written about telecommunications, telecom locations, and the degree of input from municipalities. We made some headway in the past with having municipalities be able to participate more fully in the process. As size… Read More »