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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 Vermont.  I treasure Vermont’s Town Meeting tradition and its form of direct democracy. …

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 week. Crossover is set by legislative leadership and marks the date by which…

State News
March 12, 2019

54 towns pass climate change solutions

So far, a total of 15 Vermont towns passed a climate solutions resolution on Town Meeting Day this year, with more results to come in. Last year, 39 Vermont towns passed the resolution, which brings the total to 54.

The results of 350Vermont’s…

Local News
March 6, 2019

2019 health care enrollment report shows more Vermonters covered

The Department of Vermont Health Access announced recently that enrollment in Vermont’s individual health plans increased to 34,396 in January, up nearly 1 percent from the prior year.

The number of subsidized members and unsubsidized members both increased relative to the prior year. Due to…

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 is the biggest challenge we face as a state. Our state budget increases in mental…

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 H.57 went on to approval easily. In my vote explanation Wednesday evening, I said, “Madam…

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 progress be assessed on the skills they can show they have, not seat-time in a…

State News
February 20, 2019

Roe v. Wade: politics or necessity?

By Rep. Jim Harrison

This Wednesday, when this column first appears in print, the Vermont House is likely to have an extended debate, potentially into the evening, before voting on H.57, the controversial abortion rights legislation. With no Vermont laws on the books restricting access…

State News
February 20, 2019

Notes to home

By Sen. Dick McCormack   

Legislators representing the Springfield region are carefully monitoring developments at Springfield Hospital. The Scott Administration is working with the hospital board and administrators to deal with these highly complex financial issues. They’ve asked for time and patience to work things…

State News
February 13, 2019

1,100 people attend abortion hearing

By Rep. Jim Harrison

As the Legislature completes its fifth week, I’m reminded how much of the work is quietly done in various committees and often out of the headlines. Only a portion of the bills introduced each session are actually voted on by the…