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legislative breakfast http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/257/all en Education bill proposes single districts http://addisonindependent.com/201502education-bill-proposes-single-districts <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> BRISTOL &mdash; The House Education Committee is drafting a new bill that would eliminate the state&rsquo;s more than 60 supervisory unions and replace them with larger school districts that advocates believe could do a better job sharing resources while carrying fewer employees.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28646">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502education-bill-proposes-single-districts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County education Featured legislative breakfast Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:26:05 +0000 Zach Despart 28646 at http://addisonindependent.com Farmers focus on water quality issue http://addisonindependent.com/201502farmers-focus-water-quality-issue <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> BRIDPORT &mdash; Members of Addison County&rsquo;s agricultural community are concerned about how they could be affected by the state&rsquo;s latest push to clean up Lake Champlain.</p> <p> Gov. Peter Shumlin in his January inaugural address cited cleanup of the lake as one of his top priorities for the 2015-2016 biennium. He noted that farmers must play a key role in that effort, through water quality initiatives that are in part designed to reduce manure runoff into Lake Champlain. Manure is a leading source of phosphorous pollution in the lake.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28400">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502farmers-focus-water-quality-issue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bridport agriculture Bridport legislative breakfast Thu, 05 Feb 2015 13:12:55 +0000 John Flowers 28400 at http://addisonindependent.com Lawmakers, citizens criticize break-­open ticket tax proposal http://addisonindependent.com/201302lawmakers-citizens-criticize-break-%C2%ADopen-ticket-tax-proposal <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flower </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; There was continued controversy at Monday&rsquo;s Legislative Breakfast surrounding Gov. Peter Shumlin&rsquo;s proposed surcharge on break-open tickets. The 10-percent surcharge on the $1 tickets &mdash; sold by many local nonprofits to raise money for charitable causes &mdash; is designed to raise what Shumlin projects as $6 million for weatherizing Vermont homes.</p> <p> Shumlin has stated that the surcharge would apply to the producers of the tickets and not on the proceeds raised from the nonprofit agencies who sell them, such as local American Legion posts.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/15570">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201302lawmakers-citizens-criticize-break-%C2%ADopen-ticket-tax-proposal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury legislative breakfast Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:34:08 +0000 15570 at http://addisonindependent.com Schedule changes for this year's Legislative Breakfast series http://addisonindependent.com/201301schedule-changes-years-legislative-breakfast-series <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison Independent </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; The sponsors of the annual Legislative Breakfast series have announced two changes to this year&rsquo;s schedule of weekly gatherings of Addison County lawmakers and residents.</p> <p> The Feb. 11 breakfast scheduled for 7 a.m. in Bristol at the American Legion has been changed to a noon luncheon that will feature an appearance by Gov. Peter Shumlin. Also, the previously announced March 11 Governor&rsquo;s Luncheon scheduled for the Bridport Grange Hall has been changed to a 7 a.m. breakfast to be held at the Whiting Town Hall.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/15208">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201301schedule-changes-years-legislative-breakfast-series" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County legislative breakfast Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:59:39 +0000 15208 at http://addisonindependent.com Legislative Breakfast Series to kick off Feb. 4 http://addisonindependent.com/201301legislative-breakfast-series-kick-feb-4 <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-15005" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201301legislative-breakfast-series-kick-feb-4"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Leg bkfst 2013 chart.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Leg bkfst 2013 chart.jpg" title="Leg bkfst 2013 chart.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison Independent </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; Bridport Grange No. 303 and the Addison County Farm Bureau this week confirmed a 2013 legislative breakfast series that will debut on Monday, Feb. 4, and include a March 11 session with Gov. Peter Shumlin.</p> <p> The legislative breakfast series has enjoyed a long tradition in Addison County, offering residents a weekly opportunity to personally meet and talk with their state representatives and senators on legislation being debated in Montpelier. As has been the custom, the breakfasts will rotate between various public venues throughout the county.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/14996">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201301legislative-breakfast-series-kick-feb-4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County legislative breakfast Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:34:08 +0000 14996 at http://addisonindependent.com Personal liberties take center stage http://addisonindependent.com/201202personal-liberties-take-center-stagepersonal-liberties-take-center-stage <p> BRIDPORT &mdash; Monday&rsquo;s season-opening legislative breakfast in Bridport offered a preview of two emotional debates on personal freedom that could play out on a grander scale this spring in the Statehouse.</p> <p> At issue: Should families be given broader rights to have their children opt-out of vaccines designed to protect them from deadly diseases, and should terminally ill people be allowed to opt-in to a proposal that would allow them to take their own lives under medical supervision.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/10754">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201202personal-liberties-take-center-stagepersonal-liberties-take-center-stage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bridport death with dignity legislative breakfast legislature vaccination Thu, 09 Feb 2012 18:00:09 +0000 John Flowers 10754 at http://addisonindependent.com Dates set for 2012 legislative breakfast series http://addisonindependent.com/201201dates-set-legislative-breakfast-series <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; The Bridport Grange No. 303 and the Addison County Farm Bureau will launch the first in its annual legislative breakfast series on Monday, Feb. 6, beginning at 7 a.m. in the Bridport Grange Hall.</p> <p> The legislative breakfast series has enjoyed a long tradition in Addison County, offering residents a weekly opportunity to personally meet with their state representatives and senators on legislation being debated in Montpelier. As has been the custom, the breakfasts will rotate between various public venues throughout the county.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/10555">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201201dates-set-legislative-breakfast-series" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County legislative breakfast politics Thu, 19 Jan 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Andrea Suozzo 10555 at http://addisonindependent.com Health care, pot holes, taxes arouse county breakfast-goers http://addisonindependent.com/201104health-care-pot-holes-taxes-arouse-county-breakfast-goers <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> WEYBRIDGE &mdash; Local lawmakers on Monday cited the so-called &ldquo;provider tax&rdquo; as a prime reason the state should scrap the current health care system and adopt a single-payer plan.</p> <p> The House recently passed an increase in the provider tax that is assessed to hospitals, home health care agencies and other providers. It has now been extended to third-party health insurance claims.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/7696">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201104health-care-pot-holes-taxes-arouse-county-breakfast-goers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Weybridge health care legislative breakfast roads taxes Thu, 21 Apr 2011 18:00:26 +0000 Andrew Stein 7696 at http://addisonindependent.com Shumlin stresses jobs, health care, and no new taxes http://addisonindependent.com/201104shumlin-stresses-jobs-health-care-and-no-new-taxes <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday praised lawmakers for supporting a 2011 legislative agenda he predicted will lift the state to economy to heights unseen since the tech boom of the 1990s.</p> <p> &ldquo;I am really proud of the work that the Legislature has done,&rdquo; Shumlin said at the weekly Legislative Breakfast held at the Middlebury American Legion. &ldquo;We are united in what the challenge has been.&rdquo;</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/7544">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201104shumlin-stresses-jobs-health-care-and-no-new-taxes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury health care legislative breakfast taxes Thu, 07 Apr 2011 18:00:30 +0000 Andrew Stein 7544 at http://addisonindependent.com Lawmakers explain state budget cuts http://addisonindependent.com/201103lawmakers-explain-state-budget-cuts <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> BRISTOL &mdash; Local House representatives said on Monday they regretted having to make substantial cuts in the fiscal year 2012 state budget &mdash; particularly in the area of human services &mdash; but they added the reductions would have been a lot deeper had they endorsed Gov. Peter Shumlin&rsquo;s spending plan.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/7470">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201103lawmakers-explain-state-budget-cuts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bristol budget legislative breakfast legislature Thu, 31 Mar 2011 18:30:30 +0000 John Flowers 7470 at http://addisonindependent.com County legislators talk ag policy http://addisonindependent.com/201103county-legislators-talk-ag-policy <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-7367" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201103county-legislators-talk-ag-policy"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/aglunch0850.thumbnail.jpg" alt="aglunch0850.jpg" title="aglunch0850.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> REP. WILL STEVENS, I-Shoreham, listens closely to Bridport farmer Marie Audet during the annual agricultural legislative lunch in Bridport Monday afternoon. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andrea Suozzo </div> </div> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> BRIDPORT &mdash; Although the Legislature is primarily occupied with bigger state budget and health care bills, several lawmakers joined farmers and other interested people to discuss agriculture issues that affect the county at the annual ag legislative luncheon at the Bridport Community Hall on Monday.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/7357">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201103county-legislators-talk-ag-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bridport agriculture legislative breakfast legislators Thu, 24 Mar 2011 18:00:25 +0000 Andrew Stein 7357 at http://addisonindependent.com Hospital tax draws lawmakers' eyes http://addisonindependent.com/201102hospital-tax-draws-lawmakers-eyes <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; Local health care providers on Monday continued to warn lawmakers that their industry could soon be in critical condition if the state tries to balance its budget on the backs of hospitals and the medical community.</p> <p> The subject of health care reform once again dominated discussion at the weekly Addison County Legislative Breakfast, held this week at the Middlebury Legion hall. Porter Hospital officials turned out in force to weigh in on state budget discussions and health care reform efforts under way in Montpelier.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/7116">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201102hospital-tax-draws-lawmakers-eyes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury health health care reform legislative breakfast legislature Porter Hospital Thu, 24 Feb 2011 19:00:10 +0000 Andrea Suozzo 7116 at http://addisonindependent.com Lawmakers brace for many difficult budget decisions http://addisonindependent.com/201102lawmakers-brace-many-difficult-budget-decisions <p> BRISTOL &mdash; As if health care reform weren&rsquo;t shaping up as a tough enough challenge, lawmakers this session will participate in crafting a 2011-2012 state budget that is already facing a $176 million revenue shortfall.</p> <p> Local legislators outlined some of the many looming budget challenges at a legislative breakfast on Monday at the Bristol American Legion headquarters.</p> <p> House and Senate members are poring over a fiscal year 2012 budget draft that features a lot of cuts and some revenue adjustments.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/7061">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201102lawmakers-brace-many-difficult-budget-decisions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bristol health care legislative breakfast legislature state budget Thu, 17 Feb 2011 19:00:07 +0000 Andrea Suozzo 7061 at http://addisonindependent.com