Category Archives: LCRCC & GBIC Legislative Report

LCRCC week 4

There are fundamental differences of opinion between the Administration and legislative leaders about the measures that should be taken to address the budgetary, economic, and revenue issues facing the state. Senators Shumlin (D-Windham Co.) and Bartlett (D-Lamoille Co.) returned from a trip to Washington, D.C. where they learned that Vermont stands to receive one billion…

LCRCC week 3

The excitement at the Statehouse about the inauguration of the nation’s 44th President was tempered by Governor Douglas’ budget address on Thursday. Legislators, Statehouse regulars and visitors squeezed into the Democratic caucus room of the Statehouse on Tuesday to watch the inauguration. Two days later, Governor Douglas gave his annual budget address to a joint…

LCRCC Week 2

The General Assembly and the Administration are grappling with how best to “spread the misery”, to quote Senator Hinda Miller (D-Chittenden Co.). All options are on the table and range from program, position and budget cuts, to the level funding of school budgets and proposals for structural changes to government. Options to raise revenues whether…

LCRCC Legislative Summary

The usual excitement surrounding the opening of a new legislative biennium was tempered this week under the cloud of economic woes, budget deficits and declining revenues hanging over the state house. On the first day of the session, legislative leaders were sworn in and pledged to work as a team to meet the challenges facing…

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