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August 22nd, 2014
Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the tax credit allowed Vermont businesses for research and development was cut from 30 percent to 27 percent of the federal credit. The legislation signaling this reduction was signed into law last month, the same month the state went into a tailspin about the future of IBM and its 4,000 jobs.
Included in the legislation is also the requirement that the state tax department publish the names of all those who avail themselves of the reduced tax credit.
Please elect Amy Sheldon to Vermont state Legislature. She will provide a strong voice for Middlebury voters in Montpelier toward progress in health care, affordable housing, environmental stewardship and economic justice.
Amy knows state bureaucracy in her capacity as a natural resource professional. She brings vision through her experience in town planning. We are fortunate to have her as one of many candidates running for this office.
I am writing in support of Amy Sheldon as one of Middlebury’s representatives in the Vermont House. I have known Amy for nearly 12 years and have always been impressed by her dedication and commitment to our community. From her early efforts as the executive director of the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT), founding the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM), to over a decade of service on our planning commission, Amy has helped shape our community in a way that makes it more accessible and sustainable for all.
There is a three-way race for two seats for state representative in the Democratic primary in Middlebury this year. I would like to urge voters to choose Amy Sheldon and Betty Nuovo for these seats on Aug. 26.
Donna Donahue is a calm, insightful, organized, thoughtful and engaging leader who will do a great job representing the town of Middlebury in Montpelier. Donna has a unique ability to listen carefully to ideas and concerns, to understand business, individual and community needs and then to drive solutions that accomplish the desired results. Donna leads to positive results, she does not direct the results.
I was struck by the irony of two juxtaposed news stories this week. One story described the impact of our state’s revenue shortfall and the resulting $31 million in budget cuts that will further distress needy Vermonters and impair the capacity of state service agencies to meet the needs of their clients. The other article concerned the request by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont for a 9.8 percent rate increase to its subscribers.
ADDISON — Peter Briggs firmly believes that if you see a problem, you should work to become part of the solution.
So when Briggs, 23, noticed a vacant GOP slot in the race for the two Vermont House seats representing Addison-3, the Addison Republican decided to wage a write-in campaign for the Tuesday, Aug. 26, primary in an effort to get onto the Nov. 4 General Election ballot.
This week’s writer is Rep. Paul Ralston, a Democrat representing Middlebury in the Vermont House; he is not running for re-election. He is also chief executive officer of Vermont Coffee Co., a Middlebury business.
“Single payer” is the buzzword of Vermont’s 2014 election. A candidate’s pledge to support single payer is the litmus test for some. Big money — mostly from out-of-state unions — is flowing into Vermont to support candidates who pass the single-payer test.