Press Conference in Support of H.656

  Rep. Chris Pearson (P-Burlington) opens up the Jan. 27th 2016 press conference about H.656, a bill to provide property tax relief to low- and middle-income Vermonters. Sen. Anthony Pollina (P/D-Washington Co) and Rep. Sandy Haas (P/D-Rochester). Pollina sponsored a similar bill in the Senate earlier this year. Rep. Mollie…

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Progressive Legislative Agenda – 2016

The four issues listed below constitute a policy list designated as VPP’s top priorities by the Progressive Party’s state Coordinating Committee. Below you’ll also find a list of priorities from each Progressive legislator. This legislative agenda is, by no means, an exhaustive or exclusive list. Rather, it is an attempt…

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Building a Movement for Happiness

May 15, 2014; John de Graaf; Truthout Vermont and Bhutan have embraced happiness rather than GDP as a measure of social success. The world’s happiest countries share surprising characteristics – a small gap between rich and poor; work-life balance; urban design favoring community over cars; high degrees of interpersonal trust;…

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Progressive Legislative Roundup

Aptil 18, 2014; Bob Kinzel; VPR When the 2014 legislative session started, leaders in the Progressive Party were expressing concern with some of the policies of Governor Shumlin. How do they feel about the Governor now as the session winds down? We’ll talk with the House Progressive Caucus leader, Burlington…

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Will the House balk at holding an earlier primary?

March 31, 2014; Nancy Remsen; Burlington Free Press Robert Millar, executive director of the Vermont Progressive Party, worries about making changes to the process so late in an election year. Many Vermonters wouldn’t be aware of the schedule change — which obviously isn’t yet official, he said. And the change…

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Vermont signs $2.8-million software contract

february 3, 2014; Nancy Remsen; Burlington Free Press MONTPELIER — When the first campaign finance reports for the 2014 election are filed in July, the office of the Secretary of State hopes candidates will be able to submit their reports electronically if they want. Electronic filing of contributions and spending…

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Democrats, Republicans overwhelmingly back campaign finance bill in House vote

January 9, 2014; Anne Galloway; VTDigger In the brief House debate Thursday, independents and Progressives complained that the bill gives the major parties — Republicans and Democrats — an unfair advantage. The Vermont Progressive Party is not tied to a well-heeled national party machine, and independents have no party backup.…

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The Democratic Vistas of 2014: Five Reforms to Make Our Politics Matter

January 1, 2014; John Nichols; The Nation Common Cause and other groups are working in states across the country to end the absurd practice of gerrymandering local, state and federal election districts—which makes too many elections for too many important offices uncompetitive. The Working Families Party in New York and…

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