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#MeToo

By Alexandra MacLean I wrote a blog last week on the largely negative impacts that social media has had and continues to have on politics here in Vermont. And then the Harvey Weinstein story broke and actress Alyssa Milano called on all women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted to write ‘Me Too’ on […]

What’s Next?

By Todd Bailey When our firm was founded in 1987 we were hired to help create an organization that would focus on land conservation and housing. At the time, lobbying was much more reactive than proactive. Despite that fact, the effort took a campaign in order for it to be successful. The result was the […]

Executive Power Gone Wild?

By Clare Buckley   Immigration reform. Minimum wage. Abortion funding. What tool allows Presidents and some Governors to unilaterally make policy changes in these and other areas that have the full force and effect of law without a single vote by a lawmaker? That tool is the Executive Order. Before your eyes glaze over, let […]

How Are They Going To Do This?

By Nick Sherman The Vermont Legislature will reconvene this week for a special session to address the veto of H.518, the state budget. Governor Phil Scott vetoed the budget on June 6 along with H.509, a bill that, in addition to setting property tax rates, would have set up a Vermont Health Benefits Commission to […]

Legalization Across the United States

By Dylan Zwicky In May, the Vermont Legislature passed S.22, an act relating to penalties for possession of limited amounts of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older. This set the stage for Vermont to be the first state in the country to legalize marijuana for recreational use through the legislative process, rather […]

A reason to march

By Alex MacLean Before leaving the house on Election Day I told my two-year old daughter that by the time she woke up the next day we would have our first female President. That one day she too could be President or anything else she wanted to be. I went to the polls that day […]

Vermont’s Budget and Revenue Problem

By Scott Mackey  Vermont has a budget and revenue problem – one that is simple to explain but difficult to solve. The problem is that our revenue system does not produce enough money to fund the spending we are accustomed to without constant tax increases. It is difficult to solve because Vermont citizens and the […]