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 …

Read More »

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, …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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. …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »