Town Meeting Legislative Update-Part Two

Renter Rebate

We have fought to protect the Renter Rebate Program from attacks since the day we started representing Burlington in the State House. The goals of renter rebate reform are to simplify the process and reduce the error rate of returns (which is currently at 66%). The House is working on a proposal to redefine income for this program, moving away from modified adjusted gross income, and to revise the program so that the landlord certificate is significantly simplified. To calculate rebate, the  Ways and Means …

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Town Meeting Legislative Update-Part One

Our legislative goals

Take action on climate change-the House passed the Global Warming Solutions Act which Vermont’s unmet climate goals into requirements. There are several other bills in the works that address climate change from the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI), to modernizing Act 250 (our land use law) to increasing access to telemedicine, and all of the climate initiatives Curt is putting into the annual Transportation Budget.

Raise the minimum Wage-both the House and Senate supported giving hardworking Vermonters a raise. The bill would raise the wage from $10.96 …

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Economic Progress – Becca Balint & Jill Krowinski: Making progress on an economy that works for everyone.

Economic Progress – Becca Balint & Jill Krowinski: Making progress on an economy that works for everyone.

There’s an expression we have around the Vermont Statehouse that goes: “That’s too ‘inside-baseball’ for anyone outside Montpelier.” The term “inside-baseball” dates back to the 1890s when it referred to a style of baseball that relied on more nuanced and finessed aspects of the game — bunts, stolen bases, and singles — instead of power hits. It took on its modern meaning in the 1950s when it was used to describe the inner workings, minutiae, and details of politics that would only be interesting to …

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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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