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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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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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 www.dea.gov 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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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: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/3D7DE7F8CE0BED8185257EA1005A33CC

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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: http://statusofwomendata.org/app/uploads/2015/02/Vermont-Fact-Sheet1.pdf

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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