Rep. Brian Cina’s statement from the House floor on budget amendment vote

*The following statement was read on the floor of the Vermont House by Representatives by Rep. Brian Cina. The Progressive House Caucus was unanimously opposed to the budget amendment.    Madame Speaker,   I have several concerns about the impact of this amendment. I would like to focus on one…

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Pollina: Budget Proposals Should be Tied to Tax Reforms

*This is a press release from Sen. Anthony Pollina, Interim Chair of the Vermont Progressive Party.    June 19, 2017 Contact: 802-272-3765 / 229-5809   Washington County Senator Anthony Pollina is calling on the Scott Administration to tie efforts to cut government spending to reforms of Vermont’s tax system.   Governor…

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Budget Veto Response from House Caucus Chair Chesnut-Tangerman

DC politics moves to Montpelier?   Phil Scott was elected as a “down to earth” moderate. We can now safely throw those labels out the window. It is neither down to earth or moderate to demand a budget that doesn’t raise taxes, get what you asked for, praise it, and…

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Tell Gov. Scott to Sign the Budget

Hello Friends,   You have probably heard that Governor Scott Plans to veto our state budget in response to the legislature rejecting his plan to weaken the right of teachers to collectively bargain. This blatant attempt to undermine workers’ rights comes straight out of the national right-wing playbook, and is…

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Progressives Appeal Ruling on Public Financing of Elections

IF YOU SUPPORT PUBLIC FINANCING, PLEASE DONATE TO OUR LEGAL FUND HERE May 10th, 2017   Contact Josh Wronski Executive Director, Vermont Progressive Party josh@progressiveparty.org (802) 229-0800   Burlington, VT – The Vermont Progressive Party filed an appeal with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City in…

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Three big votes

Hello Friends,   What a week it’s been! This week our legislators voted on three major pieces of legislation. They voted on cannabis reform, paid family leave, and Gov. Scott’s last minute attempt to undermine the right of teachers to collectively bargain health insurance with their school boards. On all…

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Progressives Stand with Teachers and Their Families

May 4th, 2017 Contact: Josh Wronski Executive Director, Vermont Progressive Party 802-229-0800   Montpelier, VT – Last night Progressive House Legislators stood unanimously opposed to a thinly veiled attempt to undermine workers’ rights in Vermont.   Governor Phil Scott’s proposal to negotiate a statewide health insurance plan for teachers was…

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Legislative Update

Hello Friends,   Now that we are two thirds of the way through the legislative session, I wanted to give you an update on where we stand on a few key pieces of Progressive supported legislation. This year Progressive Party members identified key social, economic and environmental issues in our…

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Progressive House Caucus: Our Take on the State Budget

The following is a letter from the Progressive House Caucus to the Progressive State Committee explaining their position on the state budget.    Hello Progressive State Committee   Last week the House of Representatives almost unanimously approved the proposed FY 2018 budget. By all accounts it was an austerity budget…

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For Immediate Release: Progressives Raise Questions Over Canceled Recount

Contact: Josh Wronski Executive Director, Vermont Progressive Party josh@progressiveparty.org (802) 229-0800   Emma Mulvaney-Stanak Chair, Vermont Progressive Party emma@progressiveparty.org (802) 999-6723   Montpelier, VT – The long awaited recount of the Orange-1 House race between Progressive Susan Hatch Davis and Republican Robert Frenier was abruptly canceled Wednesday morning. House members…

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Progressive Statewide Meeting

Sunday, February 19th  1 pm to 4 pm Location: Edmunds Elementary  School (299 Main St, Burlington)  The Women’s Caucus will meet for a potluck lunch at 11:30 am at Emma Mulvaney-Stanak’s house (79 Front St, Burlington) before the meeting. The Labor Commission will meet immediately following the meeting.  All are welcome.…

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Scott’s Budget Highlights Need for Progressive Reform

The following is from Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Chair of the House Progressive Caucus. Robin also responded to Scott’s budget via Facebook Live immediately following the budget address. You can find his video response at the bottom of this post.     Governor Scott’s budget address last week was uncharacteristically bold. It contained…

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Progressives Question Scott’s Plan to Merge Departments

Contact: Josh Wronski Executive Director, Vermont Progressive Party (802) 229-0800   Montpelier, VT – Some Progressives are questioning Governor Phil Scott’s executive order combining the Departments of Labor and Commerce.   “Efficiency in government and consolidating departments and agencies makes sense when they have overlapping missions,” said Progressive Party Chair…

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Burlington Progressives Stand With Historically Marginalized Communities

This is a press release from the Burlington Progressive Steering Committee   Contact: Charles Winkleman Burlington City Chair Phone: 802-448-0183 Email: BTVProgressiveParty@gmail.com   Burlington, VT- The Burlington Progressive Party issued a statement in support of protecting Burlington’s historically marginalized residents under a Trump Presidency. The statement came on the heels…

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