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January 19th, 2015
Gov. Peter Shumlin had little choice in his third-term budget address last Thursday but to propose significant cuts in spending and propose some increases in the state’s revenue stream. The state is facing a $94 million shortfall in fiscal year 2016, and he did what no politician likes to do: propose cuts in spending and tax increases.
A recent study from the Solar Foundation found that Vermont had more solar jobs per capita in 2013 than any other state. This is particularly impressive when you consider how the solar industry has thrived across the country, providing plenty of competition. The numbers for 2014 aren’t in yet, but based on what I’ve seen this year, Vermont will likely maintain its No. 1 spot in the rankings.
It was a privilege to be in Montpelier on Wednesday, Jan. 14 among those speaking at the press conference in support of a new state Senate bill to require universal background checks on gun sales in Vermont. This highly focused legislation will extend to gun shows and online sales the same background check requirements already in place for licensed gun retailers.
This week’s writer is Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.
Editor’s note: The following was submitted as an open letter to the Cornwall selectboard.
First I want to thank you for the hundreds of hours of work you have put in trying to deal with the proposed gas pipeline issue. All of this was imposed upon you by Vermont Gas, who with their limitless resources have used their ability to deprive you of so much of your personal life to try to wear you down to acquiescence to their proposed pipeline.
MIDDLEBURY — This Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. when lights go up in Mead Chapel at Middlebury College, the audience will see and hear something new in the college’s traditional celebration of Dr. King’s legacy: a gospel choir of Middlebury College students.
Led by Appalachian State University Gospel Choir Director Keith McCutchen, students will present a short program of traditional gospel and spiritual tunes in original arrangements by McCutchen.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Fire Department may have a new, viable location on which to build its new firehouse, thanks to a land deal inked by a local businessman with a history of partnering with the town.
Kevin Harper told the Bristol selectboard Monday evening that he and business partner David Blittersdorf had just purchased two adjacent parcels on the south side of West Street, directly across from the West Street site currently under consideration for a new firehouse.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) voters in March will be asked to approve a UD-3 school spending plan of $17,287,008 for the 2015-2016 academic year, which reflects a 1.3-percent increase compared to this year.
The UD-3 budget covers the combined annual operating expenses for Middlebury Union middle and high schools. The spending plan is fielded each year by residents in the ACSU towns that feed MUMS and MUHS: Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Salisbury, Shoreham, Ripton and Weybridge.