Statehouse

Rep. Jim Harrison Weekly Update 2.10.20

A Bit of Suspense Last week the House failed to override the Governor’s veto of H.107, paid family leave, by just one vote. Four out of the five Independents and four Democrats joined the 43 Republicans in supporting Scott’s veto, primarily, but not exclusively, because of the new $29 million payroll tax on employees. Virtually Read More…

Statehouse VT Daily Chronicle

Judiciary to Review Central Police Agency

February 10, 2020 – the plan to centralize all state and county police under a new Agency of Public Safety will be discussed Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee. A Jan. 14 study prepared by Public Safety Commissioner Michael Schirling argues that centralization will produce savings and efficiency. Supporters of the status quo say a central agency will be Read More…

Announcements Energy Tax Land

Fair Warning ~ FINAL Two TCI Public Hearings

You can learn more about the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) at two final public hearings hosted by Vermont agency officials and regional planning commissions. TCI is a regional program that would establish a cap on global warming pollution from transportation fuels and invest millions annually to achieve additional benefits through reduced emissions, cleaner transportation, healthier communities, and more resilient infrastructure.  Read More…

Announcements Tax Land

Hey You! State Budget Public Hearing Today!

Public Hearings on Fiscal Year 2021 State Budget Monday Evening (Tonight) The Vermont House and Senate Committees on Appropriations are seeking public input on the Governor’s Recommended State Budget and will hold community based public hearings on Monday, February10, 2020, at the following locations in our region. Rutland Public Schools, Longfellow School Building, Board Room, Read More…

Announcements Sports & Outdoors Statehouse

Vermont: Your Attendance is Needed at Two Upcoming Statehouse Events

It is critical that Vermont gun owners have a strong showing at the Capitol during the next couple of weeks so that politicians under the gold dome take notice that their gun bans have widespread opposition. Our constitutional rights have been under constant attack in Montpelier, especially during the last three years. This relentless assault on Read More…

Announcements Hot! Sports & Outdoors

ALERT! Gun Control Public Hearing On February 18th

ALERT! PUBLIC HEARING ON GUN CONTROL FEBRUARY 18TH The House committee on Judiciary will be taking public testimony on bill H.610 Tuesday February the 18th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Statehouse in Montpelier. H.610 is an egregious gun confiscation bill currently being pushed through committee despite heavy objections from gun rights groups, law Read More…

Sports & Outdoors

VT Free Snowmobiling Weekend

2020 Vermont Free Snowmobiling Weekend February 7th – 9th No TMA required! All you need is a valid registration in any state or province& liability insurance on your sled. Safety Course is also required if born after July 1, 1983 We would be delighted to add your club event, dealership event or any other fun time Read More…

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…