How Education Property Taxes are Calculated

A state representative several years ago wrote up a really great explanation on how Vermont’s education taxes are calculated. I hope you find this helpful! (this is an example, it is not Waterbury’s actual budget)

Before the Brigham decision (1997), towns with big grand lists had an easy time raising money for their schools, while towns with a small grand lists had a hard time raising money for their schools. Education property taxes ranged from $.40 to $4.00. The Vermont Supreme Court held that …

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Protecting Victims of Sexual Assault

This month, I voted in support of a package of legislation to protect victims of sexual assault. Despite significant progress in strengthening Vermont’s laws against sexual assault, too many victims of sexual violence are not ensured access to justice, health care, and social services.

The package of legislation reinforces the State’s sexual assault laws by setting forth procedures and notification requirements related to medical forensic examinations of sexual assault victims. Each year, Vermont’s certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners perform approximately 250 sexual assault forensic exams. The …

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January Legislative Update

The first couple weeks of the legislative session has been productive. I’m proud to have been elected by my peers as the House Majority Leader. I’m also proud to announce that Rep. Curt McCormack has been appointed Vice Chair of the Energy and Technology committee.

Last week, Curt and I stood with fellow representatives and coalition partners at the State House to announce legislation to raise the minimum wage over the course of five years to $15 an hour (approximately 31,000/year). We have a problem right …

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2016 End of Session Report

Automatic Voter Registration
This year, the legislature passed a bill that automatically registers eligible Vermonters to vote when they apply for a state driver’s license. Vermont is now the fourth state with such a law.

The law will streamline voter registration at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) with a system that identifies eligible Vermonters and automatically sends their information to the town or city clerk for addition to the checklist, unless they opt out.

Vermont continues to pave the way for greater democratic participation, just last year …

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Independent Contractors

Rep. Mary Hooper from Montpelier has written a commentary that really helps frame up the challenges we have in determining who is an independent contractor and why we need to figure it out. Read below…

Finding the Right Balance

Employment is an agreement between businesses and workers. Business receives labor, workers receive a paycheck and certain rights and protections. This bargain has value and costs and therein lies the century old tension in the workplace.

With competition in the marketplace, businesses have an interest …

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2016 Town Meeting Report

It is an honor to serve as your Representatives in Montpelier. We are now mid-way through the legislative session. Here are highlights of legislation that has passed or is being considered. We have worked hard to create a state where all Vermonters get a fair shot. We know that our government exists to serve the people by ensuring that Vermonters are safe, healthy and successful.

Keeping Vermont Workplaces Healthy
There are currently 60,000 Vermonters without access to paid sick time. These families are too often forced to …

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2016 Wards 2 & 3 Doyle Survey Results

Below are the 2016 Doyle Survey results collected at the polls on Town Meeting Day.

Ward 2
1. Should Cities and Towns have a voice in siting industrial energy projects in their communities?
2. Is it important for Vermont to encourage people and jobs to move to Vermont in light of the population loss?
3. Do you believe water quality is a major issue in Vermont?
4. Should Vermont …

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Vermont Economic Security Summit October 8th

The Vermont Commission on Women & the Vermont Women’s Legislative Caucus Present this FREE event at the Vermont State House in Montpelier

Thursday October 8, 2015, from 8:30-3:30

Registration is now open. Join us for an energizing day focused on policy and legislative strategies to support women as essential contributors to their families’ economic security and to Vermont’s economy as a whole. From employment and wages, to early care and education, to paid family and medical leave, to access to health care, come hear state legislators, community …

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Rx Drug Take Back Day is September 26

September 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vermont’s drug take-back day is part of a nationwide effort being led by the DEA to ensure the safe disposal of unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs. Collection sites in Vermont can be found by going to or calling 1-800-882-9539.

The drug take-back day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, as many prescription medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Four percent of Vermonters age …

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First Ever Young Professionals Summit on September 12th

On Saturday, September 12th the first ever Young Professionals Summit of Vermont will take place in Rutland from 10am-4:30pm. UVM’s Coordinator of Design Initiatives, Eugene Korsunskiy, will lead a morning workshop to identify Vermont’s unique advantages and disadvantages and brainstorm ideas to support the growth of young professionals within the State. The registration fee for the event is $20 and includes coffee and snacks in the morning, lunch by Roots the Restaurant and appetizers during the post­Summit social at the Hop’n Moose brewery. …

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