Shumlin’s First Year

The following as an excerpt from the VT Digger article found here Senator says Shumlin’s budget priorities are amiss Though Sen. Anthony Pollina, D/P-Washington, is happy with Shumlin’s single-payer plan, he is disappointed with the governor’s tax and budget policies. “His economic policy looks a lot like Jim Douglas’ policy,”…

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Pollina wants Genuine Progress Indicator

MONTPELIER — Gross Domestic Product, that age-old economic indicator, fails to fully capture the health of the Vermont economy, argues Washington County Democratic Sen. Anthony Pollina. That’s why he’s pushing for a “Genuine Progress Indicator,” a proposed tool that he said would paint a more accurate picture of the economy…

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Lawmakers Want to Create State Bank

A group of lawmakers wants Vermont to become the second state in the country to create a state bank. They believe a state bank would strengthen the Vermont economy by making more capital available to small businesses. VPR’s Bob Kinzel reports: (Kinzel) The creation of a state bank has been…

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Inequality, economy are the issues

Washington County State Senator Anthony Pollina says the Legislature should recognize the growing income and wealth gap and work to reverse the trend he says is hurting our economy and families and making any real economic recovery more difficult. Pollina is introducing a resolution asking the Legislature to support policies…

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In VT One-Party Rule Takes Hold

The Associated Press MONTPELIER, Vt. — As its first order of business this year, the Vermont Senate overwhelmingly voted to uphold Gov. Peter Shumlin’s veto of a bill requiring testing of private water supplies, legislation the same body had passed less than nine months earlier. Why the change of heart?…

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Expand VT Bottle Bill

Expansion of bottle bill would create jobs New report finds that increased recycling of beverage containers creates jobs CRI Releases New Report, “Returning to Work: Understanding the Domestic Jobs Impacts from Different Methods of Recycling Beverage Containers” Expansion of Vermont’s bottle bill to include water bottles and other non-carbonated beverages…

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GPI: an alternative to traditional bottom line

An alternative to the traditional bottom line? VTDigger    May 30, 2012                 Alan Panebaker Starting next year, the Legislature will consider the value of things like clean water, volunteer work and time off for employees when it creates its budget. Under a law signed by Gov. Peter Shumlin this month, the…

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Autism law ‘one of the strongest’

Times Argus May 19, 2012                       THATCHER MOATS VERMONT PRESS BUREAU MONTPELIER — Parents of children with autism were elated Wednesday when Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill that will make more Vermonters with developmental disabilities eligible for insurance coverage. (Washington County Senator Anthony Pollina was the lead sponsor of the…

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Let State Entity Act as Bank

January 4, 2014 Neal P. Goswami VERMONT PRESS BUREAU MONTPELIER — A Progressive state senator is floating a proposal to move 10 percent of the state’s cash on hand — or about $35 million — into the Vermont Economic Development Authority to allow for more investment in local businesses and…

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Students Push to Divest Fuel Stocks

January 24, 2014 BETH GARBITELLI The Associated Press MONTPELIER — College students gathered at the State House on Thursday in support of legislation that would divest the state pension fund of stocks from top fossil fuel companies. If the bill passes, Vermont would be the first state to drop fossil…

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