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Legislative Update – July 12, 2018

Jul 12, 2018 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

The Legislature is Adjourned! Budget We were able to prevent a government shutdown. Although the budget and tax bills passed with tri-partisan support, the Governor vetoed both bills twice. After weeks of discussion and debate, the House was able to find agreement with the Senate and the Governor at the end of June to fully fund our local ...

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Legislative Update – June 26, 2018

Jun 26, 2018 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

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 ...

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Legislative Update – June 12, 2018

Jun 12, 2018 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

The Legislature is still in its Special Session that the Governor called. We will focus on the budget, tax bill and bills that were vetoed or didn’t get consideration due to a lack of rules suspensions. The following are highlights from the regular session. While this isn’t an exhaustive list of our work, I chose ...

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Legislative Update – May 29, 2018

May 29, 2018 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

This week, the Legislature returns to Montpelier for the Special Session the Governor called. Last week the Governor vetoed the budget that passed the House on a vote of 117-14. He also vetoed the tax/education finance bill stating it would raise taxes. It is important to note that the Governor’s plan will raise taxes in 127 ...

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Legislative Update – May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

The Legislature adjourned early Sunday morning. The Governor promised to veto the budget, as well as other bills. I am disappointed that he will veto a budget that passed on a vote of 117-14. There are some very important components to the budget that respond to issues many of you have contacted me about, especially ...

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Legislative Update – May 1, 2018

May 1, 2018 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

Military Affairs I will be speaking at the public bill signing for H.906, An act relating to professional licensing for service members and veterans on Wednesday, May 2nd at 1:00pm at Camp Johnson. I was the lead sponsor of the underlying bill. This is a very important economic and workforce development issue for our state. Public Safety As Chairwoman ...

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Legislative Update – April 19, 2018

Apr 19, 2018 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

Public Safety Update Last week, the Governor signed S.55, S.221, and H.422, three gun safety bills, into law. I am especially thrilled about H.422, the removal of firearms at the scene of an arrest or citation for domestic assault. I introduced this bill over a year ago. It will go a long way to give law ...

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State Treasurer Beth Pearce Statement In Recognition of Equal Pay Day

Apr 10, 2018 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE State Treasurer Beth Pearce Statement In Recognition of Equal Pay Day State Treasurer Beth Pearce made the following statement in recognition of April 10, 2018 as Equal Pay Day: According to data provided by Change The Story VT, women in Vermont working full time still make only 84 cents to every dollar that their male ...

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Apr 10, 2018 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. I gave the following remarks introducing advocates from the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Each year, across Vermont, advocates at our local Network Programs serve over 7,000 victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking. Through a 24 hour hotline, advocates provide crisis intervention, problem-solving assistance, ...

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Legislative Update – April 5, 2018

Apr 5, 2018 No Comments ›› maxinegrad

This week I am reporting on other House committees’ work. The bills I discuss will benefit our district’s workforce and economic development. I also provide information on a bill that aims to address the motor vehicle inspection issue many of you have contacted me about. Agriculture and Forestry The committee is considering two bills that would greatly ...

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