Unanticipated money and legislation overview

Reps. KATE WEBB and JESSICA BRUMSTED “We find ourselves in unusual times regarding revenue and expenditures.” So said Rep. Kitty Toll, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, as she presented the final bill of the session. For several years following the Great Recession, the state faced multimillion-dollar gaps between revenue and budgetary demands. Over the… Read More »

Bills to watch at the end of the session

Rep. JESSICA BRUMSTED Editor’s Note: This column was originally supposed to run in the May 16 issue but did not due to an editing error. The tulips are in bloom outside the Statehouse, which usually also signals the final days of any legislative session. Inside the Statehouse, conference committees are meeting, hoping to iron out… Read More »

It’s her party: Joan Lenes honored

It’s her party: Joan Lenes honored

STAFF REPORT Former longtime Shelburne state representative and town leader Joan G. Lenes was honored with the Hoff-Curtis Leadership Award at the Vermont Democratic Party annual dinner in Burlington on April 13. Lenes was nominated by Shelbrune Rep. Jessica Brumsted. The following is the text of her nomination letter for Lenes: I would like to… Read More »

Students take wildlife art, testimony to the State House

Students take wildlife art, testimony to the State House

LISA SCAGLIOTTI Correspondent A sloppy spring snowstorm didn’t deter Shelburne students from visiting the Vermont State House last week to speak out on behalf of legislation to protect endangered animals from illegal hunting and trafficking. Friday was an in-service day at Shelburne Community School and a handful of third- and fourth-graders had parents drive them… Read More »

Business talk gets town’s attention

Business talk gets town’s attention

LISA SCAGLIOTTI Correspondent With a chance to brainstorm ideas and jump start business activity in Shelburne, a couple dozen people sipped wine and swapped ideas Monday night at Shelburne Vineyard. By Tuesday, their discussion had the attention of the Shelburne Selectboard. Selectboard Chair Jerry Storey and member Mary Kehoe attended the gathering at the vineyard… Read More »

Shelburne voters OK first step to new fire-rescue station

Shelburne voters OK first step to new fire-rescue station

By LISA SCAGLIOTTI Correspondent By a two-to-one margin, Shelburne voters on Tuesday decided to take the first step toward building a new, combined fire and rescue station within the next few years. They also approved a $9.5 million budget for 2019-20, filled key offices including seats on the selectboard and school board, and added to… Read More »