Getting up to Speed

Newly elected and returning state legislators recently had the opportunity to attend briefings about Vermont’s economic outlook and the major issues that need to be addressed during the 2017-2018 legislative biennium. There are a number of important issues confront Vermont — these include funding comprehensive lake cleanup efforts, adjusting our revenue and budgeting practices to provide stability and sustainability, and putting in place policies to help address demographic challenges. You can review the briefing materials here.

Following the briefing, I joined fellow freshman legislators for several days of orientation and learning about the important work ahead of us. I enjoyed sharing with my colleagues the experience of knocking doors in Essex Junction.

2016 was a year of change at the national and state levels. Here in Vermont, 23 State Representatives of the 150 member body did not run for reelection. As such, I take my place amongst a large class of newly elected members consisting of Democratic, Republican, Progressive and Independent Representatives.

I will provide updates starting the first week of session. If you have any questions as things get underway, please be in touch. I can always be reached at (802) 734-8841