Archive - Mar 28, 2013
In the ongoing budget battle in Montpelier, Gov. Peter Shumlin’s pitch to avoid higher taxes resonates with the average Vermont voter and Main Street businesses, while Speaker of the House Shap Smith has the political muscle of the House (and the support of a host of lobbying groups representing the low-income population) on his side to support a package of tax increases to balance the budget.
If your kids play sports, you know only too well the pain of bleacher fatigue, or, as it is known in medical journals, gluteus maximus agonius.
The prolonged sitting on pullout bleachers for sporting events causes numbness of the backside, an ache in the lower back and stiff knees and hips. (In colonial America, rule-breakers were originally forced to sit for hours on a set of bleachers in the town square. The stocks and pillory were adopted only after bleachers were deemed “intollerably crewell.”)
House Speaker Shap Smith and Gov. Peter Shumlin are as politically attuned to each other’s positions as any member of the same party could hope for. And in the governor’s first term, the two worked well together to balance budgets in tough times and make significant progress on steps toward health care reform, pro-business incentives and education.
Why, then, is there such a rift over balancing this year’s budget? In particular over the Earned Income Tax Credit program, and the House’s insistence to raise broad-based taxes on the rich?
This week’s writer is Jeb Spaulding, Vermont Secretary of Administration.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Talena Jestice, 36, of Middlebury for driving under the influence, following investigation of a one-car roll-over accident on Foote Street on March 22.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Referred, to the Addison County State’s Attorney’s office for possible prosecution, a report of a man pushing a woman in the Buttolph Drive area on March 18.
• Investigated a disorderly conduct complaint in the Lodge Road neighborhood on March 18.
VERGENNES — Last week’s snowy weather resulted in Vergennes police ticketing and/or ordering towed a number of cars left on city streets in violation of the city’s wintertime ban on overnight on-street parking.
Police ticketed cars and ordered at least one car towed on the nights of March 18, 19, 20 and 21.
The parking ban will remain in effect through April 1, this coming Monday.
In other action between March 18 and 24, Vergennes police:
ADDISON COUNTY — During the week of March 24, Vermont State Police along with local and county law enforcement agencies are conducting sobriety checkpoints throughout Addison County.
Senior Trooper Joseph Szarejko said the purpose of the checkpoints is to identify and remove impaired drivers in an effort to reduce traffic collisions and to promote highway safety.