Vt. Democrats talk election security

LISA SCAGLIOTTI Correspondent Vermont’s voter registration practices and election system are strong and those who oversee its security are vigilant ahead of the 2020 election cycle, Vermont’s top elections official told a gathering of local Democrats in Shelburne this week. Tuesday, Nov. 4, was Election Day across the nation with a few key contests in… Read More »

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 »

Plenty of issues as session winds down

Rep. KATE WEBB It’s crunch time. Priorities and major bills are moving through committees and toward debate on the floor. While there is much focus on minimum wage, paid family leave, a tax and regulated market for marijuana, here are a few about which Shelburne residents have expressed interest:    Firearms: S.169 is an update… Read More »

Two bills spark talk of changing values

Rep. KATE WEBB Two bills passed last week brought forth fascinating discussion into our values, our understanding of history, and the why we change our thinking and our laws. H.207 responds to the City of Montpelier’s request to allow non-citizen legal residents to vote on city issues. S.68 seeks to rename Columbus Day “Indigenous People’s… 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 »

Students at the State House

By Rep. KATE WEBB As we say good bye to February and head toward Town Meeting, it seems that perhaps we need a little good news. The good news: students. Over the last month, the House Education Committee on which I serve has heard from a variety of student organizations who spoke to us about… Read More »