Opinion

Opinion
May 22, 2015

Math problem goes unsolved, look to 2016 for affordability

By Don Turner, House Republican Leader

Last November, Vermonters sent a clear message that the status quo no longer worked for them.  Vermonters told us that we needed to get to work to return Vermont to a sound and sustainable fiscal path, work…

Opinion
May 22, 2015

Editorial: Legislature wraps up with impressive scorecard

By Angelo Lynn

It wasn’t pretty, but at the end of the day, this Legislature and the Shumlin administration passed a couple major pieces of legislation, and overcame several significant budget hurdles in crafting a reasonable budget in tough times.

The major…

Opinion
May 22, 2015

Bernie begs the question…

By Rob Roper

Love him or hate him, one has to concede that Bernie Sanders has had a tremendous impact on the political direction of Vermont over the past a quarter century, plus. His influence has reverberated throughout the Green Mountains and in…

Opinion
May 22, 2015

Progress for Vermont

By Gov. Peter Shumlin

We convened the legislative session in January with the goal of making this economy work for every single Vermonter and resolving the challenges that undermine our quality of life. It was an agenda focused on jobs, quality of life,…

More cuts, fewer taxes
Opinion
May 13, 2015

More cuts, fewer taxes

Even as Vermont’s economy continues to show signs of progress, the message I hear from Vermonters is that they don’t feel the economic recovery is reaching their pocketbooks. While we have the sixth lowest unemployment rate in America and Vermont employers have thousands of…

Opinion
May 13, 2015

Mud Season Penny Sale was a fundraising success

Dear Editor,

The Ludlow Rotary Club would like to thank all of the businesses that donated to our annual penny sale. This “Mud Season” event held the last Saturday of April is a popular event for our community members. Our local businesses make…

Opinion
May 13, 2015

Senate Appropriations restores small schools grants

By Amy Ash Nixon, VTDigger.org

The Senate Appropriations Committee late Wednesday, May 6, approved an education governance reform bill after preserving small school grants.

Both the House and Senate versions of H.361 had called for phaseouts of state supports, which included small…

Opinion
May 13, 2015

April’s record revenue boost won’t change grim budget outlook

By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org

Personal income tax receipts for April were the highest ever, according to the Vermont Agency of Administration. With two months left in the fiscal year, Vermont is $26.5 million (2.28 percent) above target, according to state figures. Gov. Peter…

Opinion
May 13, 2015

“Revenge porn” law awaits governor’s signature

By Elizabeth Hewitt, VTDigger.org

A bill that would criminalize so-called “revenge porn” is on its way to the governor’s desk after passing a final voice vote in the Senate on Wednesday, May 6. More than a dozen other states have similar laws.

Opinion
May 13, 2015

Vermont values, Vermont solutions

By House Speaker Shap Smith

States have faced many challenges as the country recovers from the Great Recession, but in Vermont, we are making progress and we know our approach is working. Vermont has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country,…