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Legislative Update: 16 June 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alison Clarkson   
Monday, 16 June 2014 00:00

This week I will continue updating you on some of the accomplishments of the 2014 Vermont Legislative Session which ended in May. To date, I’ve written about the budget, revenue, health care, economic development, etc. For this edition, I will address some of the energy, environmental and transportation legislation we passed.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 15:55
 
Legislative Update: 27 May 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 26 May 2014 00:00

Since our 2014 Legislative Session ended on May 10th, I’ve written about the end of session traditions, given you a summary of this year’s legislative highlights, and addressed the Vermont budget FY15 and the tax policy to support that budget and the education fund. This week I will continue to update this community on additional pieces of legislation we passed in our 2014 session by filling you in on legislation which addressed a number of health care related issues.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 15:52
 
Legislative Update: 5 May 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 04 May 2014 00:00

The Vermont Legislature is racing towards the finish line, which at this point is expected to be Saturday May 10th. These final weeks have been intense and challenging. We have had long hours on the Floor of the House, voting on bills which, having been reviewed and passed by both the House and the Senate, will go to the Governor for his signature. Sometimes, bills become law without the Governor’s signature. This happens occasionally when the Governor doesn’t fully support a bill, but doesn’t oppose it enough to veto it.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 15:56
 
Legislative Update: 21 April 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 April 2012 00:00

There was good news at the end of last week. Vermont’s March unemployment rate has dropped to 3.4% statewide – the second lowest in the country. Currently, the national average is 6.7%. This is encouraging data, and coupled with stronger revenues and a growth in the workforce, indicates that Vermont is indeed recovering from the Great Recession. Newport’s rate is still too high at 6.6%, but most areas have improved: Rutland 3.9%, Burlington 3.3%, Woodstock 3.1% and Warren-Waitsfield 2.4%.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 15:45
 
Legislative Update: 19 May 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alison Clarkson   
Friday, 23 May 2014 00:00

The Vermont Legislature meets for about 4 and ? months a year. We accomplish quite a bit in that short time. We began the 2014 session in January with a $70 million gap and ended in May with a balanced budget. The Governor asked for $14 million in new revenue and the Legislature ended up adding only $5 million in new revenue and $750,000 in tax compliance. Vermont’s economic recovery from the Great Recession continues to be slow but steady.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 15:43
 
Legislative Update: 12 May 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alison Clarkson   
Friday, 16 May 2014 00:00

The gavel came down, adjourning Vermont’s 72nd Legislative Biennium at 7:20 pm on Saturday evening May 10th. These past 2 weeks have been a race to finish up work on bills, budgets and conference committees. We had more than one night which ended well after 10 pm (we signed the conference committee report on the Fee bill at 11:20 pm on Thursday evening). We are tired – but pleased to have completed a productive 2014 Session and the 2013-24 Biennium.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 15:43
 
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