Category Archives: State News

State News
May 2, 2019

What a difference a year makes

By Rep. Jim Harrison Last spring there were no fee increases and no tax hikes being proposed (other than for a scaled back family leave plan, which was met with…

State News
March 12, 2019

The importance of town meetings

By Sen. Alison Clarkson One of the biggest challenges for a state senator is attending Town meetings.  The Windsor County District encompasses 26 towns and is the largest county in…

A rule is a rule until it’s not
State News
March 12, 2019

A rule is a rule until it’s not

By Rep. Jim Harrison As we enter the ninth week of the 2019 legislative session and the official crossover date of March 15, committee schedules take on extra meaning this…

State News
February 27, 2019

Senate passes $15 minimum wage by 2024

By Sen. Alison Clarkson Poverty has a corrosive effect on our families, our communities and schools, and on our Vermont State Budget. I believe that along with Climate Change, poverty…

State News
February 27, 2019

Nothing in the middle

By Rep. Jim Harrison The House spent two days this past week debating a wide variety of amendments to H.57, the abortion rights legislation. None of the proposals passed and…

State News
February 20, 2019

Delay of proficiency-based learning mandate sought

By Lola Duffort/VTDigger The president of the Vermont-NEA asked lawmakers to consider pushing back the deadline for implementing proficiency-based graduation requirements in the state’s high schools to 2022. Proficiency-based learning asks that student…