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Message from Montpelier: April 27

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Life on the Appropriations Committee. What do we do once the budget has passed the House? The committee is unique in some ways. We’re excused by the speaker from being on the floor when the House is in session because of time constraints to build the budget and the workload. However, we were called to…

Message from Montpelier: April 27

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Gov. Phil Scott has made it clear he won’t approve any new fees or taxes. There’s a bill slowly making its way through the legislature that may force him to use his veto authority, probably next year. H.196 is the paid family leave bill, which came to our Ways and Means Committee after being passed…

Vt. Press Association praises legislature for passing shield law for journalists

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The Vermont Press Association praises and thanks the Vermont Legislature for approving a shield law designed to protect journalists from unwarranted subpoenas concerning their sources. The House of Representatives gave final approval to the legislation, 140-2, on Thursday afternoon and is sending the measure to Gov. Phil Scott for his signature. “This is an important…

Message from Montpelier: April 20

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The end is in sight for the first year of the legislative biennium in Montpelier, with May 6 as a likely last day. The good news is that so far there have been no new taxes or fees enacted. Gov. Phil Scott has made it clear he won’t approve any new fees or taxes. But…

Message from Montpelier: April 20

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It may come as a bit of a surprise that the House passed a budget, saw no new taxes and a growth over last year of only about .08 percent. This has been an initiative of not only the governor but the Republican Party also for several years now, and finally in a bi-partisan effort,…

Businessman breaks the mold

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In the business world, it’s easy to become a bit jaded with people. Unfortunately, many have their “business” set of ethics, and their “personal” set of ethics. While that’s common, it leads to some undesirable and cold transactions and business dealings. Here in Colchester, however, I’ve found someone that breaks the mold. I called Pat…