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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Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman: Let’s Work Together

This op-ed is from Lt. Governor David Zuckerman   In Vermont, we have a tradition of spending time reviewing complicated changes to our laws. The legislature you elect works collaboratively to ensure all ideas receive a thorough vetting and reduces the chances of unintended consequences. The Governor’s proposal to mandate…

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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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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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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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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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Union Member Recruitment by Vermont Progressives

  Written by Steve Early (originally published on www.SocialPolicy.org) “We will stand by our friends and administer a stinging rebuke to men or parties who are either indifferent, negligent, or hostile, and, wherever opportunityaffords, to secure the election of intelligent, honest, earnest trade unionists, with clear, unblemished, paid-up union cards in their…

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