Legislative Update – June 26, 2018

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Budget

On Monday, the House passed a third budget. Like the prior 2 budgets, H.16 reduces Vermonters taxes by almost $30 million. It increases the social security exemption by reducing the tax on social security, it increases the Earned Income Tax Credit and it reduces tax rates for everyone. It also supports the good work of our school boards. All of these are issues many of you have contacted me about. I am hoping this budget will survive, we can avoid a government shutdown and put an end to the Special Session.

Vermont Judicial Commission on Family Treatment Dockets

I serve on this commission that is led by the Vermont Supreme Court. The Chief Justice invited me to join the commission based on my interest and leadership on state-wide access to treatment courts. The commission’s guiding principles are that every family in the child protection system affected by parental/caregiver substance use disorders have timely access to coordinated and comprehensive screening, assessment, and services for families to succeed. We are looking at Vermont’s ability to provide a more problem-solving, less adversarial family court system that will improve outcomes for families. These outcomes include parents’ ability to access treatment more quickly, children remaining at home and spending less time in foster care, fewer children experiencing maltreatment and reducing the number of children who are reunified returning to foster care.

Vermont Commission on Act 250  

I am passing on this important information from Vermont League of Conservation Voters:

The Commission on Act 250: The Next 50 Years was established by the Vermont Legislature this year to work on modernizing Act 250, the landmark environmental review law that has shaped development in the state since June 1970. Now, the Commission is holding a series of six public forums to engage Vermonters on their priorities for the future of our landscape and how to maintain Vermont’s unique environment and sense of place. See the full schedule of forum dates and times and keep up with the Commission’s Facebook page for updated locations: https://www.facebook.com/Act250Next50/.”

There is a forum in Randolph on July 25th from 6-8 PM.

 

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