2019 Legislative Session — Week 15 Update

The 15th week of the legislative session concluded Friday. The Senate is closing in on finalizing its version of the FY2020 state budget. The budget first passed the House in March. After it moves through both chambers, the final negotiation will be worked out by...

2019 Legislative Session — Week 14 Update

The 14th week of the 2019 legislative session was solemn, as many lawmakers made the trek to Springfield to celebrate the life of Rep. Bob Forguites, who recently passed away. Bob was a friend and tremendous public servant. He lived a full life and chose to spend his...

2019 Legislative Session — Week 13 Update

Thanks to everyone who cast a vote in last week’s local election. In addition to approving the FY2020 Essex Westford School District budget, Village voters elected a new school board member and Village Trustee. Kudos to candidates who stepped forward to run for these...

2019 Legislative Session — Week 12 Update

We just concluded the 12th week of the 2019 legislative session. Vermont’s legislative sessions usually last no more than 18 weeks, which puts us on target to wrap up in mid-May. To adjourn, lawmakers and the Governor have to negotiate and agree to compromise. It’s no...

2019 Legislative Session — Week 11 Update

Under Vermont’s Constitution, money bills must start in the House of Representatives before advancing to the Senate. This week, the House passed key money bills, including the FY2020 State budget (H.542) and education finance bill (H.536). These are significant...