Scott Budget Earns Pans and Plaudits

By Mark Johnson – VT Digger Jan 23 2018 Legislative leaders gave Gov. Phil Scott’s proposed budget mixed reviews Tuesday. They labeled some of his ideas “workable” and extensions of their own. Others they dismissed outright as simplistic. Their biggest criticism was of what he failed to mention. The strongest…

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Encouraging Efficient Wood Heat

This is good for homeowners, good for the environment and good for our forests. Vermont groups hope to fire up wood boiler industry By Elizabeth Gribkoff – VT Digger Jun 27 2018 MIDDLESEX — Renewable energy advocates are pushing a 21st century upgrade to an ancient technology — wood heating…

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Bottle Bill – Reclaiming the nickels

In an important victory In the persistence pays off category….after 8 years of trying ( the first bill I ever introduced ) we have finally recaptured those lost nickels pocketed by beverage distributors when bottles and cans are not redeemed. Now $2 million a year while come back to Vermont…

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Tax fairness

Times Argus editorial February 12, 2016 It’s unclear whether the bill offered by Sen. Anthony Pollina on property taxes was meant primarily to make a point or whether he thinks it has a chance to become law. In any event, the point he makes is a good one. In this…

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Education Fairness

Times Argus editorial May 31, 2016 Legislators next year may be presented with an idea that could ease property taxes, bolster school funding and bring greater fairness to the state’s tax system. It all has to do with the tax advantage now enjoyed by wealthy property owners in Vermont. An…

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Unmasking Insurance Companies

New Law Unmasks Insurance Companies and Protects Vermont Pharmacies If you want to know more about what goes on behind closed doors at our health insurance companies and how your premium money is being spent, you will appreciate a new Vermont law I introduced this year. It sets up new,…

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