On Friday the House Speaker pulled her support for the plan in favor of a summer study. The Speaker is pushing to get a bill addressing governance out soon and then asking the study committee to come back with recommendations before the end of the fiscal year.
What is the legislature going to pass this year? Now that the dust is settling on the legislature’s crossover deadline, we can say with a little more certainty.
Rep. Scott Campbell, D-St. Johnsbury, is well on his way to his longtime goal of putting sweeping controls and penalties on Vermont’s building contractors and the homeowners they serve.
Vermont is one of only 10 states with a deposit and redemption program, and if H.175 passes, would join only two other states, Oregon and Michigan, at the 10 cent deposit level, and slightly increase the handling fee currently reimbursed to redemption centers.
A majority of lawmakers in the House Education Committee are recommending that the city of Winooski should allow noncitizens to vote — in some cases almost immediately upon arrival — in local elections, including those that affect the statewide Education Fund.
There were major developments this week on pension reform. Word began circulating last week that the Speaker had a “secret group” of legislators working on a pension plan. Leaders of the House Government Operations Committee released their proposal on Wednesday.
The “social justice” movement has descended upon the Green Mountains as leftists employ absurd lies to impose glaring injustices. Perhaps the biggest of these lies being spread by leftists lawmakers is that Vermonters killed off all the Native Americans, and must now pay economic penance.
Senate lawmakers are locked in a heated debate over a proposed $50 million unemployment tax increase that could have some laid-off Vermonters receiving more than $600 per week in combined state and federal unemployment assistance.
So much for Martin Luther King. Allocating money based on skin color is racism. Rewarding loans to newly-arrived blacks to sell drugs as “reparation” for the drug war is a whole new reefer madness.
We heard multiple times throughout the S.30 hearings that these laws are needed to combat “right-wing extremism” and to prevent an “insurrection like we saw on Jan. 6” from happening in Vermont. Every single one of the anti-gun lobbyists hit those same exact talking points.
The Legislature is now expecting to have $200 million on hand from stimulus funds to put towards broadband buildout. This is nearly a 670% increase over what the state had planned to spend in fiscal year 2022. Also on the upside, stronger voices have started testifying on the state of our pension funds.
S.15, an act related to correcting defective ballots, passed the Vermont Senate on March 18 by a vote of 27-3. The purpose of the legislation is to make election policies and procedures adopted during the Covid pandemic emergency permanent features of Vermont elections.