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The future of Vermont’s transportation system is electric. On the House Transportation Committee we spent some time working on Electric Vehicle (EV) policy last year and that conversation is even livelier this year. We’re considering the Governor’s $3 million proposal to continue investments…

At the time of this writing the governor has just vetoed the minimum wage bill. In order to truly understand a policy we must get into the details rather than just sound bytes. I am unaware of any legislator or statewide office holder who doesn’t want to help Vermonters. Contrary to Senate l…

Do you think fishing helps the world? Well did you know that saltwater fishing alone gives over 1.7 million people jobs. Fishing is a fun sport and helps a lot of people in a lot of different ways. Over 3.5 million people across the world rely on the ocean as their primary food source and th…

Last week the Human Services committee continued testimony from the Agency of Human Services and the divisions thereof regarding their FY 21 budget requests. Overall it appears that the agency and its departments worked hard to present a budget that respects the reality that Vermonters’ wall…

As an 86 year old I recall my school days and remember being told time and time again to obey the rules.  Those included courtesy, honesty, and waiting your turn in line.  To this day when I’m at the supermarket deli counter and there’s a group of people and no designated line I always wait …

The Franklin County Legislative Delegation will be holding a Legislative Breakfast on Monday, February 10, 2020 at St. Albans City Hall.  The Breakfast will be from 8 am to 9:30 am.  The public is welcome to attend and hear about our latest legislative issues in Montpelier.  The Franklin Cou…

When Governor Scott vetoed a bill last spring that would have required a 24-hour waiting period for handgun sales, all I could think about was parents and children. My heart and my head ached. At that time, Governor Scott made it clear that he needed to see evidence proving that a waiting pe…

So what that two former Vermont Democratic governors don’t endorse Bernie Sanders, although I was a bit surprised by Shumlin’s lack of support because Bernie stumped for him during his gubernatorial campaign. Shumlin even told Politico that Bernie “lacks loyalty to the Democratic party.” Act…

I am a proponent of raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour in Vermont. While serving as a state representative in the 2013-14 biennium, I voted in favor of raising the minimum wage from $8.40 to $10.10 over three years and then a Cost of Living increase took over from there. Unfortunately,…

The Afterglow committee and the family of AJ Holzscheiter are extremely humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support we received for Afterglow and the last few months through sponsorships, donations, VIP Packages, and the purchasing of Afterglow/AJH “Shwag”. There are many people and b…

I spent most of 2018 running for office because I saw firsthand in my work how incremental change will never alleviate poverty.  It will never create economic justice.   

I ran as a Democrat because I was told that taking bold action on $15 minimum wage and paid family and medical leave ins…

The Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance, a priority for legislative leadership, is already sitting  in conference committee, before the first week of the Vermont 2020 Legislative session is over! As with all bills, there needs to be agreement between the Senate version and House version …

Dear Constituents: We are taking a lot of early stage testimony in my committee, while major developments in the House are moving forward, picking up where they left off last May.

Last week, the legislature returned to Montpelier for the 2020 legislative session.  I could spend this update with an overview of everything, but instead, I will focus on a big issue to many of you and one that came up a few times today during our legislative breakfast in Swanton.  That iss…

The Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance, a priority for legislative leadership, is already sitting  in conference committee, before the first week of the Vermont 2020 Legislative session is over! As with all bills, there needs to be agreement between the Senate version and House version …

As a subscriber to the “Messenger” and a radio news listener, it is sometimes very disheartening to read or hear the news.  There are times when I don’t feel like opening the paper or turning on the radio.  The political divide in this country will only worsen in the upcoming impeachment and…

In reference to the climate change protesters who rudely interrupted Gov. Scott's State of the State address: are we to assume they are all already owners/operaters of electric vehicles?

Last week, while I was out-of-state on vacation with my family, my detached garage caught fire in Swanton.  Fortunately, a passerby noticed the smoke and called in an alarm.

The Franklin County Legislative Delegation will be holding the first Legislative Breakfast on Monday January 13th from 8-9:30 am.  It will be held in a new place in Swanton this year at the Mississquoi National Wildlife Refuge located at 29 Tabor Road in West Swanton.  The public is invited …

Hope everyone had a great holiday. Now we need to get down to reality. First and foremost Bernie Sanders needs to step down and OUT of his seat in the U.S. Senate representing Vermont. He has not done a good thing for us Vermonters as he is all over this country protesting the good things ha…

It's a sad, albeit scary, day when a person or persons feel the need to post placards in public places saying that, "It's okay to be anti-Semitic." That's just plain wrong. It's not okay to be hostile to or prejudiced against Jews or hostile to or prejudiced against anyone who might be diffe…

The Jews gave us so many good things. Why are they so hated? For 4000 years Jews have inscribed the First 5 books of the Bible over and over, word for word, letter for letter, and learning the meaning of these words, passing them on to the next generation. There are many rules and laws about…

I have been a St. Albans Town resident for more than 40 years, and I have never been more opposed to anything than this ridiculous idea of a year-round swimming pool.

A few years ago I learned that as we edge closer to our 60’s we feel more sharply time going by and the changes that come with age, especially the loss of friends.

I believe state lawmakers and most Vermonters have good intentions when it comes to climate change and our environment. I don’t believe the TCI or carbon tax falls in line with those values. The carbon tax in its current state will affect people with good incomes very little and only hurt th…

I have been a St. Albans Town resident for more than 40 years, and I have never been more opposed to anything than this ridiculous idea of a year-round swimming pool.

Most of our regular readers will know that the property tax is one of the major sources for funding Vermont’s public school system. Properties in Vermont are divided into two groups: non-resident property and resident property.

I'd like to thank the town and city manager for their attempt to answer questions about the pool at Hardack, for the general public to vote on in March 2020.

The Voters/Taxpayers of Saint Albans Town will be asked to approve $2.75 million dollars in additional property taxes at Town Meeting in March.