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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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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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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Shumlin’s Decision to Scrap Single Payer a Betrayal of Vermont’s Working Families

Governor Peter Shumlin abandoned single payer healthcare yesterday right when political leadership was needed most to push Vermont and the country forward. He broke five years of campaign promises to Vermonters that he would not rest until we had single payer healthcare. Yet when things got tough and politically challenging,…

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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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As Vermont Goes, So Goes the Nation?

April 5, 2014; Molly Worthen; New York Times “Three years ago, Peter Shumlin, the governor of Vermont, signed a bill creating Green Mountain Care: a single-payer system in which, if all goes according to plan, the state will regulate doctors’ fees and cover Vermonters’ medical bills. Mr. Shumlin is a…

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