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Eric Davis: Lawmakers earn middling grades

Posted on May 15, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



The 2014 session of the Vermont Legislature ended last Saturday evening. How should the session be judged?

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Area lawmakers vote on racial profiling bill

Posted on May 5, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Vermont lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill mandating that all law enforcement officers collect data about the race of people they pull over. It was, in part, a political statement that they will not tolerate racial profiling by police.

After nearly two hours of impassioned debate, House lawmakers passed S.184 on a vote of 138-3. It was scheduled for a final vote Friday and then must pass the Senate.

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Opinion: Early childhood education should be state priority

Posted on May 5, 2014 |
By Ashley Bessette



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Editorial: Bias-free policing is a small price to pay to protect rights

Posted on May 5, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Last Thursday on the floor of the House, state representatives debated what Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, would later call “one of the most important legislative issues this year” on an issue that has not received a lot of attention: bias-free policing.

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Opinion: Increase in bottle deposit would discourage littering

Posted on May 1, 2014 |
By Alice C. Grau



Editor’s note: The writer sent this letter to Rep. Harvey Smith and Sen. Chris Bray.

While working to pick up the trash along the roads and in the DAR State Park near my home in Bridport this week, it occurred to me that an increase in the deposit on beverage bottles and cans would do more to take care of this problem than any public service announcement.

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Opinion: School consolidation would dimish local control

Posted on April 24, 2014 |
By Hannah Sessions



Editor’s note: This letter was sent to Rep. Willem Jewett and state Sens. Claire Ayer and Chris Bray.

I am writing about Bill H.883. I have been on the school board in my town for eight years and have a lot of reservations about this bill.

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Time running out at Statehouse for education reform bill

Posted on April 17, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Local lawmakers on Monday were unsure whether a sweeping bill calling for expansion of public school districts would receive final legislative approval before the 2014 session concludes in about three weeks.

The bill in question is H.883, which allows the state’s current 282 school to voluntarily realign into around 50 expanded K-12 districts. Each school district would be governed by a single board and operate on a single budget.

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Eric Davis: Bill seeks income tax to fund schools

Posted on April 17, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



The House Education Committee’s bill to eliminate approximately 80 percent of Vermont’s school districts by consolidating their number from 273 to about 50 has been the subject of considerable debate in recent weeks in the Statehouse, in the education community, and in the press.

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Editorial: H.883 — Changing status quo needed to improve outcomes

Posted on April 17, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



At Monday’s legislative breakfast, Weybridge resident Fran Putnam asked an important question concerning a legislative proposal to consolidate school governance districts as drafted in H.883: “Before we totally throw the baby out with the bathwater,” she said, “we really need to think about: What is the problem we’re trying to solve, what is the goal here, and is this the best way to do it?”

Rep. David Sharpe, D-Bristol, answered that question in part:

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Editorial: H.552 — House plan unravels state's pro-business efforts

Posted on April 10, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The primary reason to phase in the minimum wage hike in Vermont from $8.73 per hour to $10.10 per hour over three years—instead of rushing to that level by Jan. 1, 2015 as House bill H-552 mandates—is so Vermont businesses can gradually adjust to the 15 percent hike in labor expenses and are not put at a disadvantage with neighboring states.

That argument, and the big-picture narrative that goes along with it, seems lost on many members of the House.

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