With well-known gun control advocate Sen. Phil Baruth, D/P-Chittenden, taking on the role of president pro tempore of the Vermont Senate, the Green Mountain State can expect a renewed push for restrictions on guns.
As president of the Senate, Baruth will wield increased influence over the agenda of the upper chamber. He will be replacing Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint, D-Windham, who has won U.S. Rep. Peter Welch’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives
According to reported public statements following the Nov. 8 election Democratic Party victories, Baruth does intend to bring new gun-control bills to the Statehouse beginning in January.
Global Foundries suggests layoffs, Wall Street predicts an economic downturn
The chip manufacturer Global Foundries, which employs at least 2,000 Vermonters in Essex Junction, has announced the need for downsizing in the current economic slump.
“We face rapidly developing uncertainties of the global economy, including inflation, continued elevated energy costs, and rapid interest rate increases that are impacting our industry,” a spokesperson recently told MSN.com.
The chip maker’s warnings come on the heels of predictions for a continued economic downturn on Wall Street. Experts in banking suggest that the recent negative trends are a response to the Democrats continuing to hold significant power after the midterm election.
“Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 index lost 2.1% as investors watched vote-counting from Tuesday’s congressional elections to see whether Republicans take control, possibly leading to changes that can unsettle markets,” reports RapidCityJournal.com.
Welch joins a U.S. Senate majority instead of a minority
While many political pundits and pollsters predicted a massive political red wave would flip both the U.S. House and Senate for the GOP, it appears the Senate will remain in Democrat control and the House will be run by Republicans.
— Matthew Dickinson (@MattDickinson44) November 14, 2022
Jason Snead, executive director of the Honest Elections Project, said the surprising outcome of the general election has increased distrust among the American public about election security.
“Our electoral process suffers from a credibility crisis with many citizens harboring grave doubts about the legitimacy of future elections,” he wrote in a commentary for The Daily Signal. “States can ignore that, or they can follow Georgia’s lead and make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.”
Burlington’s new high school bond approved
Burlington voters approved a $165 million bond for a new high school, after the old building was investigated for PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls. There was initially some controversy over a rule change by the Vermont Department of Health in what would be considered safe PCB levels for the public, but officials decided to seek the construction of a new high school.
NY Times covers bike thefts in Burlington
Much has been written about an increase in serious crimes such as shootings in recent years in Burlington, but one article in The New York Time suggests that bike thefts are on the rise as well.
The premise: Bike thefts are out of control in Burlington.
The evidence: A Facebook group and a feeling. pic.twitter.com/9ENygXMisl
— Michael Hobbes (@RottenInDenmark) November 14, 2022
“Bikes were disappearing from front porches, garages and bike racks. Mountain bikes, carbon-fiber race bikes, children’s bikes — all gone. The university warned students returning to campus that about 220 bikes, valued at $267,000, had been stolen in and around the city since June,” the outlet reported.