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College student running for Vt. House seat

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Calvin McEathron should be pretty well set up to pursue a career as a politician if he successfully earns a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Middlebury College in 2016.

But McEathron, a 20-year-old sophomore, doesn’t plan on waiting another two years before making his mark in the legislative arena. The East Montpelier native confirmed on Tuesday he plans to run for one of Middlebury’s two seats in the Vermont House, a campaign he will pursue as an independent.

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Bill H.883 would dramatically cut number of school districts, boards

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — A bill working its way through the Vermont House of Representatives would dramatically alter the way primary and secondary schools in the Green Mountain State are governed.

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Two area supervisory unions reject school consolidation

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON / FAIR HAVEN  — The Rutland Northeast and Rutland Addison supervisory unions on March 26 both passed resolutions officially rejecting H.833, the school consolidation bill.

The RNeSU resolution reads as follows:

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Opinion: Shoreland bill fails to deliver

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By David Bronson



These comments on some of the issues regarding the H.526 Lake Shoreland Protection Standards Bill as passed by the Vermont Senate are based on my understanding of what appears would or could be the case given what it says. The bill is proposed to go into effect July 1, 2014.

The bill lacks an exemption stating existing habitable structures and other impervious surfaces can be maintained.

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Opinion: Ill-advised bill would eliminate supervisory unions

Posted on March 31, 2014 |
By Carol Brigham



A challenge to all Vermont school board members:

I have missed very few of my local town meetings in the last 30 years. Of course, being an elected member of the Whiting school board the last 21 years is a good reason to be there. But in Whiting, everyone who wants a “say” in the town and school business must come to town meeting. All budgets and elections are done on the floor. Elections are most often uncontested, but if there are any rumors of a competition, the hall is packed.

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Editorial: Wage hike deserves Senate approval

Posted on March 31, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Gov. Shumlin’s call for an increase in the minimum wage hike to $10.10 an hour by 2017 is not only the right thing to do, it also makes economic sense.

No reasonable person can argue that a lower wage is good for business or the nation’s economy. The economic goal of the nation should be to create and nurture a vibrant and thriving middle class, which includes those at the lower end of the wage scale who see the merits of hard work yield a lifestyle that, at the very least, can put food on the table and shelter overhead.

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Opinion: State senate now eyeing GMO bill

Posted on March 21, 2014 |
By Charlotte O'Herron



I just wanted to call your attention to the status of the GMO labeling bill in the Vermont Legislature. This issue is extremely important to Vermonters, as demonstrated by their polling responses and attendance of public hearings and lobbying events.

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Opinion: Problem with rising school taxes in Montpelier

Posted on March 21, 2014 |
By Jay Harrington



The article “Lawmakers lament school tax hikes” (Addison Independent, March 13) made me concerned because the lawmakers didn’t see the disconnect between the school budgets’ changes and the state’s school property tax rate.

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Opinion: Lawmakers urged to endorse bill for paid sick days

Posted on March 19, 2014 |
By Millard Cox



There is something going on at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier that Vermonters need to pay attention to. The House bill to grant paid sick days (H.208) to Vermont workers has stalled because our representatives are apparently more interested in representing the retailers, the grocers and the Chamber of Commerce than in acting in the interest of the workers of this state, who voted them into office.

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Guest editorial: Consolidation is a first step

Posted on March 17, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



If nothing is done, Vermont lawmakers will approve a seven-cent increase in the statewide property tax rate, which would be the largest increase ever imposed to fund our schools.

That’s not likely. The governor has promised the increase would be less. The House Ways and Means Committee has already proposed a plan that would cut the increase to five cents.

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