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?
YES 41 NO 2 NOT SURE 6
2. Is it important for Vermont to encourage people and jobs to move to Vermont in light of the population loss?
YES 32 NO 7 NOT SURE 10
3. Do you believe water quality is a major issue in Vermont?
YES 40 NO 2 NOT SURE 7
4. Should Vermont …

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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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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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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 www.sat.collegeboard.org/register.

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

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Driver Restoration Day

Friday, March 20th-Driver Restoration Day
Driver Restoration Day will help Vermonters in Chittenden and other counties who have had their licenses suspended for failure to pay traffic tickets get their driving privileges reinstated. The effort is aimed to increase public safety and to ensure lower-income Vermonters are not forced to make tough choices between paying for overdue tickets or daily necessities. It costs $20, at the Costello Courthouse located at 32 Cherry Street. For more information call 863-2865.

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Start the Conversation Workshop

Tuesday, March 31 @ 6pm-Start the Conversation Workshop at the Fletcher Free Library

We are excited to host this workshop to offer help and education to our community. An Advanced Directive is a form that lets you set out what you want your end of life care to be. It can be difficult to talk about end-of-life plans for yourself or your loved ones. To help with this, the Visiting Nurses Association has a great workshop, which will allow you to understand these forms and …

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Town Meeting Legislative Update

Town Meeting Legislative Update

It’s an honor to represent the Old North End and Downtown Burlington in the Statehouse.

Rep. Curt McCormack and I are working hard this session to invest in working families, create green jobs, and help make our communities safe and affordable. We are half way through the legislative session and wanted to give you an update on our progress. If you have any questions, feedback, ideas, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thanks,
Rep Jill Krowinski

Earned Sick Days
Curt and Jill are both champions …

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