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County dairy farmers give Welch the lay of the land

Posted on February 24, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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FERRISBURGH — This Tuesday, in a bright, airy room at Ferrisburgh’s Kimball Brook Farm, Congressman Peter Welch perched on a chair in a suit and wool socks and listened to owners Cheryl and J.D. DeVos speak about the dairy processing facility that they plan to open early this summer.

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Lawmakers brace for many difficult budget decisions

Posted on February 17, 2011 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — As if health care reform weren’t shaping up as a tough enough challenge, lawmakers this session will participate in crafting a 2011-2012 state budget that is already facing a $176 million revenue shortfall.

Local legislators outlined some of the many looming budget challenges at a legislative breakfast on Monday at the Bristol American Legion headquarters.

House and Senate members are poring over a fiscal year 2012 budget draft that features a lot of cuts and some revenue adjustments.

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Rep. Clark recovering from heart attack

Posted on February 17, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — Rep. Greg Clark, R-Vergennes was recovering well on Wednesday from surgery just hours after suffering what his wife, Eileen, called a “major heart attack” at his hotel in Montpelier on Tuesday evening.

“He sounded like his old self today,” Eileen Clark said during a brief phone conversation on Wednesday as the Addison Independent went to press.

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Lawmakers begin health reform task

Posted on February 10, 2011 |
By John Flowers



BRIDPORT — State Sen. Claire Ayer filed legislation on Tuesday that lays the groundwork for a single-payer health system for Vermont.

The Weybridge Democrat, chairwoman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, filed bill S.57, which proposes that the state create a “single-payer and unified health system.”

The bill — which Ayer hopes will be adopted by her committee — calls for the state to:

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Bristol board veteran seeking House seat

Posted on June 17, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



BRISTOL — Bristol selectman and Republican John “Peeker” Heffernan is again throwing his hat into the ring for one of two Addison-4 Vermont House seats, running on a platform devoted to maintaining Vermont’s aging infrastructure, avoiding tax increases for Vermonters, and encouraging bipartisan cooperation.

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Lawmakers to let Current Use veto stand

Posted on June 3, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



MONTPELIER — Legislative leaders will let stand Gov. James Douglas’ override of proposed changes to the “Current Use” program, opting against a special session of the Legislature in favor of designating the issue a top priority for next year.

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Putnam makes bid for Vt. House seat

Posted on May 27, 2010 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge Democrat Spencer Putnam confirmed on Tuesday he will make his second bid for the Vermont House in a campaign that will emphasize “sustainability” — a word he will use often in conjunction with the economy, agriculture, health care and energy.

Putnam, 64, a veteran member and officer of the Addison County Democratic Committee and longtime businessman, is hoping to replace current Rep. Christopher Bray, D-New Haven, in the Addison-5 House district that includes Weybridge, New Haven and Bridport.

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Lawmakers take stock of session

Posted on May 20, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MONTPLIER — Area lawmakers cited advances in health care legislation; funding for the Champlain Bridge along with loans for businesses affected by its closure; and preservation of the Addison County Probate Court system as among several local victories scored during a money-strapped 2010 legislative session.

“I think that overall, this was a very successful session based on the circumstances in which we worked,” said Sen. Harold Giard, D-Bridport.

“When money is in short supply, it dominates the entire session.”

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Lawmakers tighten Current Use rules

Posted on May 17, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



ADDISON COUNTY — Changes to the so-called “Current Use” program were still being debated at 11 p.m. last Wednesday night as lawmakers worked furiously toward adjournment, and the bill that slipped through in the final hours of the day was among the last OK’d before the General Assembly dispersed.

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Legislature focuses on farms

Posted on May 17, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



ADDISON COUNTY — Lawmakers and farmers’ advocates are saying that compromise and the importance of economic development programs rose to the forefront this year in the discussion about farm policy in Montpelier.

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