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End of Small School Grants would hit home

Posted on January 26, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — As lawmakers wrestle with education funding reform this winter, one idea that has gained some favor in Montpelier is ending “Small School Grants,” extra funding to smaller schools that helps them keep their doors open. Gov. Peter Shumlin, for one, made that recommendation in his Jan. 15 budget address.

In recent years the Legislature has tried to address what lawmakers see as cost inefficiencies in smaller schools by passing laws to encourage unification within and between school districts.

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Legislative breakfasts to begin Feb. 2

Posted on January 22, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON COUNTY — Bridport Grange No. 303 and the Addison County Farm Bureau have organized a series of breakfasts and lunches at which local lawmakers and residents can discuss what is going on in Montpelier during the legislative session.

The 2015 Legislative Breakfast series will debut on Monday, Feb. 2, and include a March 23 luncheon with Gov. Peter Shumlin.

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Bray to chair Senate Natural Resources Committee

Posted on January 22, 2015 |
By John Flowers



NEW HAVEN — Sen. Chris Bray had hoped Senate leadership would appoint him to the Natural Resources and Energy Committee this session. The sophomore senator is an avid outdoorsman and he believes the state’s long history of good environmental stewardship should be perpetuated.

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Greg Dennis: Toking, taxes and the new Vermont green

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By Greg Dennis



Reports commissioned by a state legislature are famous fodder for recycling bins.

But a recent report prepared for the Vermont Legislature promises to be widely read and debated. That’s because it’s about a topic with lots of buzz in every sense of the word: Should Vermont legalize marijuana?

We’ve already decriminalized possession of less than an ounce. Now Vermont is seriously debating whether to join four states and the District of Columbia by fully legalizing the wily weed.

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Legislative Report by Rep. Betty Nuovo: Busy session gets under way

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By Rep. Betty Nuovo D-Middlebury



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This is a brief report of the beginning of the Legislative session and I thought you might like to get information on how the Legislature starts and what we do in committees.

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Legislative Report by Rep. Alyson Eastman: New lawmaker learning the ropes

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By Rep. Alyson Eastman I-Orwell



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Editorial: Gov. Shumlin's budget sets bold challenges

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Gov. Peter Shumlin had little choice in his third-term budget address last Thursday but to propose significant cuts in spending and propose some increases in the state’s revenue stream. The state is facing a $94 million shortfall in fiscal year 2016, and he did what no politician likes to do: propose cuts in spending and tax increases.

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Rep. David Sharpe to head education committee

Posted on January 8, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — Addison County will have an important seat at the table when the Vermont Legislature gets to work this month on education finance reform, tabbed by many lawmakers as the top priority for the 2015 session.

Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith has picked Rep. Dave Sharpe, D-Bristol, to chair the House Education Committee, a panel that will clearly play a big role in devising and advancing any bills aimed at changing the manner in which the state’s public schools are financed.

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Legislators to decide governor's race this week

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A majority of Addison County’s lawmakers said they will vote in favor of incumbent Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin over Republican Scott Milne when the Vermont General Assembly decides the matter on this Thursday.

Per the state Constitution, the General Assembly must decide the contest by ballot when it convenes Jan. 8 because neither Shumlin nor Milne garnered more than 50 percent of the votes cast back on Nov. 4.

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Guest editorial: Vt. needs to fix school funding; start by changing governance

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Emerson Lynn



Speaker of the House Shap Smith has spent the past couple of weeks asking Vermonters for their ideas on how the state can reduce property taxes and still maintain a high quality educational system.

He should be careful for what he asks.

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