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May 31, 2011 § 2 Comments
Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, and House GOP members told reporters at press conference on Monday that like the Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin, they don’t support raising taxes next year to resolve the state’s $70 million budget gap.
Scott wasn’t, however, ready to take a no new taxes pledge.
“Obviously, we don’t know what the federal government is going to do and until we see that we certainly don’t want to have (to cut) any catastrophic areas to those in need,” Scott said. “We all want to make sure we take care of those in need.”
New law makes “complete” streets a priority – May 24, 2011
It’s official: “Complete Streets” rules are now in play.
The Complete Streets Act, signed last week by Gov. Peter Shumlin, asks municipalities to make streets safer for pedestrians and bikers. The Vermont AARP was the lead advocate for the legislation, which is particularly aimed at making sidewalks and roads more user-friendly for older pedestrians. Under the new rules towns will be encouraged to incorporate modifications such as wheelchair ramps and extended crosswalk times into downtown transportation projects. In addition, towns and cities will be urged to install new sidewalks, re-stripe roads for bike lanes and add bus kiosks.
Shumlin signs veterans tax credit legislation – May 25, 2011
COLCHESTER, Vt. – Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the Veterans’ Tax Credit act at Camp Johnson today as Vermont National Guard members looked on.
The new legislation will give employers a $2,000 tax incentive to hire soldiers who have returned from deployments in Afghanistan or Iraq in the last two years. In order to qualify for the tax credit, businesses must employ veterans between now and the end of 2011. Veterans who start new companies this year can also apply for the benefit.
FCC report ranks Vermont 38th in broadband access – May 26, 2011
A Federal Communications Commission report released last week ranked Vermont 38th in the nation in broadband penetration.New Hampshire was in a three-way tie for the nation’s best cell and internet access with Alaska and Utah.
The International Broadband Data Report is released annually by the Federal Communications Commission in an effort to record and inform U.S. broadband development by comparing American broadband with coverage, speed, and pricing in other countries. This year’s report was released on May 20.
MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin had a day of firsts last Thursday. Shortly after he inked the nation’s first single-payer health care legislation, Shumlin also vetoed his first bill, S.77, which would have mandated water testing for private wells.
The bill would have required all newly drilled wells intended for use as a potable water supply to undergo testing for contaminates. The same tests would have been required if such wells were sold.
Rep. David Deen, D-Putney, said he was “absolutely flabbergasted” when he learned that the governor planned to veto the bill.
Welch: Flood relief money for private companies, homeowners not likely – May 31, 2011 (Editor Anne Galloway contributed)
Congressman Peter Welch, D-Vt., arrived in Barre City Monday on a tour of the flash flood damage to central Vermont not long after the “crisis de jour,” as Mayor Thom Lauzon put it.
A mudslide on West Patterson Street early Monday morning took out a power pole and a large maple tree. Two nearby residences were inspected and one was evacuated. On Sunday, part of a granite retaining wall gave way and a fracture developed in the bank below Hilltop Avenue. Three residences on
Hilltop and four homes at the base of the slope on Kirk Street were evacuated.