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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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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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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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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