2018 Legislative Wrap Up-Part 2

Mitigating Systemic Racism in State Government
The phrase “systemic racism” is used to talk about all of the policies and practices entrenched in established institutions that harm certain racial groups and help others. “Systemic” distinguishes between individual racism or overt discrimination and refers to the way racism operates in major parts of US society: the economy, criminal justice, housing, education, and more. There are a number of racial disparities in Vermont state systems that are troubling:

Vermont African American state employees have a voluntary separation rate that …

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2018 Legislative Wrap Up-Part 1

2018 Legislative Wrap Up-Part 1

This year’s budget supports a healthy economy, strong families, and gives communities the resources they need to thrive, today and for years to come. We have a tradition in Vermont of focused, smart budgeting.  Revenue we can count on receiving annually is used to pay for ongoing expenses; windfalls, like receipts from the recent tobacco settlement, are invested in paying down state debt and building our savings. This protects us from the uncertainty brewing in DC, the likelihood of a recession, and ensures we can …

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Elmwood Avenue Contaminated Soil Documents

Elmwood Avenue Contaminated Soil Documents

In July, soil on Elmwood Avenue tested positive for two types of chemicals associated with dry cleaning.  The EPA has been testing soil and soil gas, the results should be back in the coming weeks. Obviously, we all hope the results come back negative and I’m working hard to get the latest information. My house is part of the possible impact zone and I understand the frustration of not knowing if we have a problem or not. The area being tested is Elmwood, Spring, Cedar, …

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Results of Wards 2 & 3 Town Meeting Survey

Results of Wards 2 & 3 Town Meeting Survey

Every year during Town Meeting Day, former Senator Bill Doyle releases a poll to gain an understanding of where Vermonters stand on current issues in the news and at the State House. Below are the results for Wards 2 and 3 in Burlington.

1) Are you concerned about the Vermont opiate crisis?
Yes 135
No 6
Not Sure 3

2) Do you believe water quality is a major issue in Vermont?
Yes 115
No 17
Not Sure 11

3) Should Vermont increase the minimum wage?
Yes 119
No 9
Not Sure 14

4) Do you believe Vermont is …

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Vote on Gun Violence Prevention Measures

Vote on Gun Violence Prevention Measures

On Friday, March 23rd, after 10 hours of debate the Vermont House preliminarily passed a second comprehensive gun violence prevention package on a vote of 85-59. I am proud to have voted in support of this legislation which includes: banning bump stocks, universal background checks, limits on magazine clips, and raising the minimum age to purchase a gun from 18 to 21. I strongly believe we should have the freedom to be safe in our homes, our schools and at work, without the constant threat …

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2018 Town Meeting Report Part 2

2018 Town Meeting Report Part 2

Below is part two of our 2018 Town Meeting Report!

Making Paid Family Leave Possible for all Vermonters
Here are the things we, as legislators and politicians of all stripes say: We want to attract young people to the state. We want Vermont to be affordable. We want to help people who are on the financial edge of our benefit cliffs. We want more children to be born, and to be healthy, and to be ready for school. Here is what else we know: we have an …

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2018 Town Meeting Report Part 1

2018 Town Meeting Report Part 1

Rep. Curt McCormack and I are honored to serve as your voice in Montpelier.  We are fighting for a government that works for all of us, not just the wealthy few.  We’re fighting for a Vermont where paid family leave is part of every job, where Vermonters can afford high-quality health care, attain a great education, and retire with security.  Right now we are half way through the legislative session and have a three part update for you on legislation that reflects our shared goals. …

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Commentary: A Vermont that works for all of us, not just the wealthy

A Vermont that works for all of us, not just the wealthy

I want a Vermont that works for all of us, not just the wealthy.  A Vermont where our families and communities can thrive and where the Vermont dream is accessible to everyone – not just a select few.

During the Governor’s State of the State Address last week, I didn’t hear a plan on how we can create an economy that works for all of us; what I heard was a doom …

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Doyle Poll 2017

Every year during Town Meeting Day, Senator Doyle releases a poll to gain an understanding of where Vermonters stand on current issues in the news and at the State House. Below are the results for Wards 2 and 3 in Burlington.

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2017 Town Meeting Report

The 2017 legislative session has, so far, been one of great uncertainty. We have new administrations in Montpelier and in Washington, DC, both of which have signaled significant priority shifts from their predecessors. We are proud to join with a tri-partisan group of elected officials to stand united against some of the most egregious proposals from Washington, pushing back against the President’s illegal and immoral immigration proposal.

While we monitor closely what potential budget cuts the federal government may pass down, we face serious budget challenges …

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