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Opinion: Vermont values?

Posted on September 24, 2014 |
By Jim Scheid



I am confounded seeing those two words on the yard signs of Valerie Mullin, candidate for Vermont House, Addison-4 (Bristol, Monkton, Starksboro and Lincoln). Is she claiming to represent Vermont values? Do not her opponents also represent Vermont values? They have received all their votes from people living in Vermont, so it would seem so.

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Health care reform makes some gains; sign-up deadline looms

Posted on March 20, 2014 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Two key Addison County lawmakers involved in the state’s health care reform effort said they are pleased with Vermonters’ response to the new health insurance exchange and conceded that long-awaited financial details about the transition to a single-payer system probably won’t be available until early next year.

That was the word this week from Sen. Claire Ayer of Addison and Rep. Mike Fisher of Lincoln, both Democrats.

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Lawmakers lament school tax hikes

Posted on March 13, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — While the Vermont Legislature did not convene last week, lawmakers received a homework assignment doled out by area voters on Town Meeting Day: Do something about rising education property taxes.

Vermont residents voted down 35 of approximately 250 school budgets that were on communities’ town meeting dockets on March 3 and 4 — the largest number of failed spending plans since the advent of Act 68 in 2005, according to Rep. David Sharpe, D-Bristol.

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Monkton resident joins Addison-4 race

Posted on March 13, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MONKTON — What a difference two years can make in politics.

In 2012, incumbent Reps. David Sharpe, D-Bristol, and Michael Fisher, D-Lincoln, were unopposed in their successful runs for new two-year terms representing the Addison-4 House district.

With the 2014 legislative session barely half over, two Republican candidates have already confirmed their plans to oppose Sharpe and Fisher in the two-seat district that includes Bristol, Starksboro, Lincoln and Monkton.

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Local man still struggles with Vt. Health Connect

Posted on January 20, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



STARKSBORO — Jeff Keeney’s patience for Vermont Health Connect, the state’s incarnation of the Affordable Care Act, has run out.

“I don’t believe anything from Vermont Health Connect,” Keeney said late last week. “They’ve been wrong every step of the way.”

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Local lawmakers size up priorities for 2014

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — State and local lawmakers are preparing for a 2014 legislative session that they said will include the familiar task of dealing with a sizeable general fund budget shortfall, as well as ironing out the kinks in the state’s transition to universal access health care, exploring education finance reform, helping citizens deal with drug addiction, and confronting pollution and nuisance aquatic weeds in Vermont’s waterways.

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Starksboro man irked with health care website

Posted on December 22, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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STARKSBORO — The struggles of a Starksboro man in trying to navigate the Vermont Health Connect website are a snapshot of what the Shumlin administration faces while implementing the state’s new health care platform.

Jeff Keeney first attempted to sign up for health insurance for his family in early November, and he still hasn’t been able to complete his application. Exasperated, he fired off an email to Gov. Shumlin last week and copied a number of local lawmakers.

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