On Thursday, Rep. Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe) attempted to restore the Blue Ribbon Tax Commission’s mission to look at property tax reform with an amendment to H.229. Even though H.229 is about school finance legislation (it would repeal the “two vote” requirement for school districts spending more than the statewide per pupil average to hold a […]
by Rob Roper Union members, activists and Democrat and Progressive legislators filled the State House steps today to stand in solidarity with fellow union members in Madison, Wisconsin. They are protesting the potential loss of collective bargaining rights that Wisconsin Governor Matt Walker claims are a hindrance to balancing the state’s budget. There was a […]
by Rob Roper and Angela Chagnon The legislature solicited public input regarding the Hsiao Report, which outlined plans for a single payer health care system in Vermont. It appears that critical commentary was not given the serious consideration it deserves by the health care committee. At least the commentator mentioned in this video got a […]
by Rob Roper A bill (H.274) http://leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Intro/H-274.pdfthat would make it legal for doctors to prescribe lethal doses of medication to their patients for the purpose of ending life was introduced in the Vermont House of Representatives. It has forty-five sponsors. They are: Representatives Sweaney (D-Windsor), Haas (P-Rochester), Aswad (D-Burlington), Bartholomew (D-Hartland), Bohi (D- Hartford), Cheney […]
While we don’t begrudge anyone their right to express their religious beliefs, let’s just hope we never hear from the left again that conservatives are the unscientific ones in our approach to environmental issues.
Highlights from the State House press conference featuring the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Vermont, and Rep. George Till (D-Jericho) who is sponsoring legislation that would increase the tax on cigarettes by $1 per pack.
House Appropriations Committee chair, Rep. Martha Heath (D-Westford) answers questions from her caucus regarding how gaps in the budget are being filled.
Stephanie Barrett of the Joint Fiscal Office briefed Republican Lawmakers on the budget landscape going into the 2011 legislative session. In response to questions by Rep. Patti Komline and Minority Leader Don Turner, Barrett indicated that the projected $150 million budget gap legislators will have to close might actually be wider than advertised.