Statehouse VT Daily Chronicle

If Legislature Passes Global Warming Solutions Act, TCI Carbon Tax Will Follow

February 7, 2020 – Supporters of the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) needn’t worry about the Legislature’s cool reception to the unpopular regional carbon tax. If H.688. the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), passes, the TCI will become inevitable. The GWSA says Vermont must meet stringent carbon emissions reduction goals. And must really means must. GWSA Read More…

Business & Economics

VT Regional Workforce Summit Report

Last fall, REDC hosted one of twelve Regional Workforce Summits around the state in partnership with the VT Department of Labor (VDOL) and the State Workforce Development Board (SWDB) with the Regional Development Corporations. This past week, the VDOL and Governor Phil Scott accepted the 2019 Regional Workforce Summit Report as a result of these series Read More…

Announcements Hot! Sports & Outdoors

A Message From the Vt Federation of Sportsmen

Please call House Speaker Mitzi Johnson at 802-828-2245 and leave the message. “No to H.610, a bill that needlessly violates Vermont gun owners rights. We are frustrated that our concerns regarding the legal defects in the bill are being ignored and that the bill is still being pushed through the House Judiciary Committee“ Yesterday afternoon Read More…

Op-Ed

Vermont’s Criminal Legislators Soften Criminal Laws

Vermont aspires to be the first in the nation to try new things, even if it means turning common sense upside-down. Recent Vermont proposals to impose a carbon tax and legalize gambling, like legalizing cannabis, are unapologetically driven by thirst for more tax revenue, even as the state’s economy flounders under the crushing burden of… Read More…

Statehouse

Senate Committee To Consider Semi-Auto Public Carry Ban & More!

February 5, 2020 – Sen. Phil Baruth (D-Chittenden) said Senate Judiciary will decide later this month whether to take up S259, prohibiting carrying semi-automatic weapons in public places including parks, public meetings, polling places, churches, restaurants, colleges, theaters and public demonstrations. Baruth is the lead sponsor. 13 other senators (all Democrats or Progressives) are co-sponsors – but none except Read More…

Education

Re-Energizing Vermont’s Public Education System

from Campaign for Vermont As is our Vermont tradition, we must be innovative with our public education system in order to compete in a 21st century economy. There is little doubt that Vermont’s K-12 public education system is under stress. Student population has decreased by nearly 20,000 over the past two decades, property taxes are Read More…

Hot! Op-Ed

The End Of Democracy In Vermont

It’s official: Vermont’s government has been usurped by elitist bureaucrats who have decided that Constitutions, and voting, are annoying impediments to their enlightened oversight. This is not an exaggeration. Bureaucratic agencies have swollen in costs (salaries) and powers in all areas of Vermonters’ lives: farms close, but the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets Read More…

Business & Economics Statehouse

Vermont Woodlands Association Legislative Update – Week 4

WEEK 4: INCLUDED IN THIS UPDATE Medical Monitoring  Chlorpyrifos /Glyphosate  Use Value Appraisal Act   ACT 250 Paid Family Leave  Minimum Wage from the Retail and Grocers Association Bills of Interest MEDICAL MONITORING S-37 An act relating to medical monitoring This bill proposes to hold any person who releases a toxic substance strictly, jointly, and severally liable Read More…

Business & Economics Statehouse Tax Land

Rent Control On Agenda for House Committee

February 3, 2020 – H670, giving cities and towns the power to exercise rent control, will be discussed Friday morning in the House Government Operations Committee of the Vermont House of Representatives. Sponsored by Reps. Curt McCormack (D-Burlington) and Brian Cina (P-Burlington), H670 would add rent hike increases to the list of rental housing powers Read More…

Announcements Business & Economics Statehouse

How Do I Set My Prices?

February 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Free (registration required) Do you know what you should charge for your product or service? We sometimes undersell ourselves or our products and do not always take into account our overhead costs. As a part of your pricing strategy, you also need to research your competitors’ pricing and evaluate Read More…

Sports & Outdoors Statehouse

NRA-ILA: Vermont Gun Control Bills Proposed

Lawmakers in Montpelier didn’t wait long before trying to pass extreme gun control legislation.  One would think that the state doesn’t have any real problems, and legislators can focus on the pet projects of their choosing.  No opioid epidemic or budget issues which need to be addressed.  Just political grandstanding.  Given these real world problems, it seems completely out-of-touch to Read More…

Hot! Op-Ed Tax Land

The Worst Democracy-Shredding Bill in Fifty Years

Over the past fifty years I have seen a lot of bills introduced into the Vermont legislature. Of all the bills over all those years, the absolute worst was just introduced in the House, with 87 co-sponsors (all Democratic and Progressive). It’s titled the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA, H.688). The Climate Action Coalition believes Read More…

Op-Ed Statehouse

Sustain The Gun Bill Veto

Last June, Governor Scott vetoed S.169, a bill to impose additional gun restrictions on Vermonters, including a 24 hour waiting period to purchase a handgun. Now, the ball is in the court of the Legislature to decide whether to sustain or override this veto. As the Governor mentioned in his veto message, it’s imperative we Read More…