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Legislative Report by Rep. Fred Baser: Finances hang over legislative goals

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Rep. Fred Baser R-Bristol



What are some of the major agenda items for the coming Legislative session? The list includes: funding the Clean Water Act, continuing to focus on mental health and opioid abuse, advancing paid family leave, the $15 minimum wage, carbon tax, independent contractor clarity, and affordable/workforce housing.

As we consider all these matters and more, the financial realities and uncertainties surrounding the state’s finances will be hanging over our heads.

There are three major financial situations on the horizon for 2018.

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Legislative Review: Fred Baser, More to session than pot and health insurance

Posted on May 26, 2017 |
By Rep. Fred Baser R-Bristol



One’s impression of the legislative sessions is often framed by headline year-end actions. This year it’s the legalization of marijuana and the teacher’s health insurance savings that have stolen the show. There are other initiatives that the Legislature acted on that are likely to have greater meaning for more Vermonters. Here are a few of those developments.

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Rep. Fred Baser reviews start to legislature

Posted on February 9, 2017 |
By Rep. Fred Baser R-Bristol



The governor’s budget address sets the tone for a new legislative session. Gov. Scott’s message raised a few eyebrows. So did Treasurer Beth Pearce’s proposal to fund Act 64, the Clean Water Act. A few other items that have caught peoples’ attention early on, including a $15 per hour minimum wage and legalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

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Legislative Report: The good, the bad and the ugly

Posted on May 12, 2016 |
By Rep. Fred Baser R-Bristol



First, the good actions taken by this years legislators:

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Legislative Report by Rep. Fred Baser: Paying for health care in Vermont

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Rep. Fred Baser R-Bristol



In December of 2014 Gov. Shumlin halted his single-payer health insurance effort. Since then, health care and its funding have left prime time. Yet, behind the scenes, much is still going on. There are two stories that deserve attention. The first is the state’s effort to move to an all-payer model, which would set up a health services payment system that would replace the current fee-for-service system. The second concerns our Medicaid guidelines and their impact on providers and the state’s finances.

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Legislative Review: Many bills in Legislative pipeline

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Rep. Fred Baser R-Bristol



We are at the midway point in this year’s legislative session. Two major bills have passed the House and Senate. One is Senate bill S.233 that amended Act 46, last year’s education measure. The second is House bill H.187, legislation that requires all Vermont businesses to have paid sick leave for their employees.

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Legislative Review: Budget, solar siting part of 2016 agenda

Posted on January 7, 2016 |
By Rep. Fred Baser R-Bristol



By Rep. Fred Baser, R-Bristol

The legislative session is upon us. What are some of the major topics for 2016? Dealing with the state’s fiscal problems, possible revisions to Act 46, last year’s major education bill, adding solar siting criteria that adds a dose of local control, marijuana legalization and mandatory sick days for most Vermont workers.

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Rep. Fred Baser: First year in Legislature spawns hope

Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By Rep. Fred Baser R-Bristol



The 2015 legislative session has ended. At times it felt like a rodeo, full of surprises. I serve on the Commerce and Economic Development Committee. We passed six bills out of our committee that became law. All these bills either benefit consumers or advance our state economy. My committee efforts were among the most satisfying times of the session.

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Legislative Review: House concludes a busy week

Posted on April 8, 2015 |
By Rep. Fred Baser R-Bristol



The most significant news out of Montpelier over the last few weeks was the passage, by the House, of the fiscal year 2016 budget, a tax bill to help make it work, a Clean Water bill and the Education bill.

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