Public Comment Meeting on Lake Clean Up Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making available for public comment the Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for the twelve Vermont segments of Lake Champlain. The Burlington area public informational meeting will take place on Thursday, August 27, 10-12, at the Doubletree Hotel.

For more information and to read the plan:

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The Status of Women in Vermont

The Status of Women in the States is an ongoing research project conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) to measure and track the status of women in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Our Vermont scorecard has some good news, but also shows we have some more work to do. Below are some of their key findings, but you can read their full report here:

Key Findings
-Vermont’s best grade is in the area of reproductive rights, for which it …

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May 9 Legislative Update

We have been making some serious progress at the State House on increasing access to health care, gun safety, earned sick time, and most recently universal college savings accounts for children and a consumer protection bill.

Universal college savings accounts for children is one strategy we can use to knock down barriers to higher education and help end generational poverty. The bill creates a program for every child born in Vermont, starting in 2016, with a savings account for college, a seed deposit, and a financial …

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Gov. Shumlin Announces Expansion of Efficiency Loan Program

Happy Earth Day! I’m excited to share with you this press release from Gov. Shumlin announcing the expansion of Heat Saver Loan Program! This expansion would allow the program to cover weatherization, cold-climate heat pumps, solar hot water, biomass heat, and other clean heating technologies. This program increases the efficiency of Vermont homes which saves money, creates jobs, and reduces greenhouse gases.


April 22, 2015

On Earth Day, Gov. Shumlin Announces Expansion of Efficiency Loan Program

MONTPELIER – Marking Earth Day, Gov. Peter Shumlin …

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Equal Pay Day at the State House

April 14th was Equal Pay Day and at the State House the day was filled with reflections and information on the current status of women’s pay. In Vermont, women make 83% of what a Vermont man makes according to a 2015 American Association of University Women report. Another report recently stated that it would take until 2048 for Vermont women to achieve equal pay to men. Clearly, we have a lot more work to do and the Equal Pay Compact is one …

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Spring Auction Reminder

The Spring 2015 State Surplus Vehicle and Equipment Auction is scheduled to start at 10:00 am Saturday May 9th, at the Agency of Transportation – Central Garage on the Barre-Montpelier Road in Berlin VT, additional details and a list of anticipated items are posted on our website at: – note that we will update this list as changes come in. Our auctioneer will also be posting an inventory and pictures at their site:

Summary of items that are expected to be …

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Governor Shumlin Addresses Price Spike of Opiate Overdose Drug

Opiate addiction is a dangerous disease and should be treated as such. Naloxone is drug that can save lives by reversing the affects of an overdose. Since Gov. Shumlin signed legislation to expand availability of naloxone last year it has been used to reverse an overdose nearly 200 times. Unfortunately now the price has been rising nation-wide due to increased demand. Below is a press release by Governor Shumlin regarding this issue.

April 8, 2015

Gov. Shumlin Urges Maker of Overdose Reversal Drug to Halt Price Spike
Price …

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SAT and State College Fee Waiver Info

Vermont high school juniors and seniors may qualify to take the SAT test for free and have application fees waived for any of the Vermont State Colleges.

The deadline to register for the May 6th SAT testing date is Monday April 6th, and the deadline to register for the June 6th testing date is May 8th. The SAT is required for entrance into most higher education programs. Students can register online at

The registration fee for the SAT is $50 but high school juniors and seniors …

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Budget Vote

On Friday, the Vermont House passed a $1.5 billion dollar budget with support of Democrats, Progressives, Republicans, and Independents. With a $113 million shortfall in the budget, Curt and I worked with our friends on the Appropriations Committee to fully fund or not cut programs that low income Vermonters are dependent on. While we were unable to fund certain programs as much as we wanted, on balance we had many successes. We raised $35 million by capping income tax deduction, which mainly impacts high-income …

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2015 Doyle Survey

The results of the 2015 Doyle Survey are in! These are the results of the survey voters at the Ward 2 and 3 polling locations filled out. In general the issues that had the most consensus where concern over water quality, concern over opiate use in Vermont, the legalization of marijuana, and state-wide cell phone service.

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