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Re: “The Committee Shuffle: What the House’s New Lineup Reveals About Its Priorities

Amazing how Johnson the (D) took the (R) and moved them so they really can't do anything. Her quote
"Johnson denies that the move is a demotion for Agriculture. "That was not my intention at all," she said. "I want all committees to be involved in rural issues." That meant shifting some members to other panels, such as Rep. Harvey Smith (R-New Haven), a dairy farmer who's now on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife. But also, Johnson admitted, "There aren't as many members requesting Agriculture." Sign o' the times." The (D)s don't want farms in Vermont. Now it will be just Pot farms.. Surprised she didn't move all the (R) into the basement to take over the mopping and window cleaning.

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 01/16/2019 at 4:46 PM

Re: “The Committee Shuffle: What the House’s New Lineup Reveals About Its Priorities

I will be very sad to no longer see Kymelya Sari's byline in the paper. Her stories gave me a lot of new insight into the New American communities here, and I really hope 7 Days works to continue that level of reporting. Thanks, Ms. Sari, for all you've written! Good luck.

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Posted by some of us are sometimes right on 01/16/2019 at 3:25 PM

Re: “The Committee Shuffle: What the House’s New Lineup Reveals About Its Priorities

John, great article. Another interesting tidbit: General, Housing and Military Affairs currently only has 1 Republican assigned to it. Even if that Republican eventually gets a partner to play "Go Fish" with while the rest of the committee authors, vets, sugarcoats and sends the minimum wage and paid leave bills to the floor - it'll still be the House committee with the smallest conservative voice. Priorities indeed.

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Posted by Job Tate 1 on 01/16/2019 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Berned Bridges? Sanders Dogged by 2016 Charges

Bernie...your world is crumbling!!!

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Posted by Robin Martin on 01/13/2019 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Berned Bridges? Sanders Dogged by 2016 Charges

People are pinching themselves that they might find a way to be rid of Bernie, although they've called him racist, sexist, homophobic and misogynistic all along so who knows? They're so frightened he'll "fracture" the party. I wonder if they will ever catch on that the issues he is pushing are of real importance to voters and that they will truly push with him? For instance, Elizabeth Warren announced her exploratory, went to Iowa for the weekend and never mentioned Medicare For All even once. Sort of tells you her commitment. Wouldn't you float the idea in Iowa if you're exploring a run? Bernie will run and will do well because he has a clue.

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Posted by lassy2 on 01/11/2019 at 8:21 PM

Re: “Berned Bridges? Sanders Dogged by 2016 Charges

No surprise here. Have had previous dealings with Sanders and he is a selfish hypocrite

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 01/10/2019 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Berned Bridges? Sanders Dogged by 2016 Charges

The Commons is a great newspaper. It has a lot of reader input. I would hate to see it go. That damn internet just has too much free stuff. I recently told my son I have a digital subscription to the New York Times and he went on to explain how I could get it for free. Some body has to to pay the salaries. Good luck to all of the local newspapers.

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Posted by Mickey Nowak on 01/10/2019 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Berned Bridges? Sanders Dogged by 2016 Charges

@ Oracle: but those arent the only two choices: the orange headed tantrum throwing boy in the White House vs. the out of touch grumpy grandad from Vermont.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 01/10/2019 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Berned Bridges? Sanders Dogged by 2016 Charges

Even if that's all true, he's STILL better than the dumbass-in-chief.

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Posted by The Oracle on 01/09/2019 at 5:50 PM

Re: “Berned Bridges? Sanders Dogged by 2016 Charges

Not a surprise after talking to many of his former staff.....abrasive was an often used phrase.

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Posted by Sean Moran 1 on 01/09/2019 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Can I Get an Amend? Vermont Legislature to Consider Abortion, Slavery and Equal Rights Amendments

The focus of Vermont's senate is precisely why I am finally well on my way to relocating to another state. Can't wait to celebrate being completely done with Vermont's radical crap and no longer paying taxes to fund it.

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Posted by saysme on 01/07/2019 at 9:54 PM

Re: “#vtpoli 2018: A More Interesting Year Than You Thought

Add our Vermont birthed political comedy show, formally known as FAN CLUB now NEWS DONE RIGHT, picked up by national platform BLAZETV for distribution. File that success story under the usually sad Media Notes section John.

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Posted by Bradford Broyles on 12/30/2018 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Pension Tension: Vermont's Underfunded Retirement Obligations

"California and Illinois are both seriously at risk, so much so that their bond rating is basically junk bond status." Neither state's bond rating is "basically junk bond status." Illinois' is closest, with ratings of BBB- from Standard & Poor's, BAA2 from Moody's and BBB from Fitch All 3 ratings are investment grade, but the first 2 are only one step away from "junk bond status."

California, on the other hand, is not in the same ballpark at all. In the same order, its ratings are AA-, AA3, & AA-. These ratings are 6 steps above junk bond status and only 2 steps from the highest possible rating. https://www.treasurer.ca.gov/ratings/curre…

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 12/22/2018 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Pension Tension: Vermont's Underfunded Retirement Obligations

Ha, you can dislike that statement all you want, it doesn't change the fact. California and Illinois are both seriously at risk, so much so that their bond rating is basically junk bond status. Other states are not far behind. Detroit had to go to court over their inability to pay.
Every "future spending" and deficit year is a tax on your children.

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Posted by doom on 12/21/2018 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Pension Tension: Vermont's Underfunded Retirement Obligations

Pensions are going to bankrupt several states.

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Posted by doom on 12/21/2018 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Pension Tension: Vermont's Underfunded Retirement Obligations

The State Government robbed the pension fund for the own BS programs and wasted spending; nobody even knew! No one has ever held them accountable for this. If we had a conservative government, this NEVER would have happened. I am sick over the liberal democrats and their ways. If you are one, go pound sand, I am SO done with this crap. Cut your programs that serve leaches and your own wages and "per diems" and travel expenses and lunches and, and and ,and , and...............
Figure it out on your own dime and keep promises. That's what good, strong, hardworking people do. You know, like the old Vermont.

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Posted by Lucas on 12/20/2018 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Pension Tension: Vermont's Underfunded Retirement Obligations

Freitag, Im shocked to find that I agree with you but I do. Its long past time to take a serious look st all the programs funded by the General Fund and reduce them.

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Posted by Roy on 12/20/2018 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Pension Tension: Vermont's Underfunded Retirement Obligations

A few thoughts:
1.) It was not only the Governors who were irresponsible in under funding the Retirement Funds but also the legislatures who created and passed the budgets when this happened.
2.) Annual contributions to the Teachers Retirement Fund has recently been shifted from the General Fund to the Education Fund where the primary contributor are property taxes. This shift, which has gone pretty much unnoticed, is one of those costs completely out of the control of local school boards and budgets.
3.) Making up for deliberate governmental shortfalls to the retirement funds might best be made a reduction in state programs rather than tax increases. These programs were able to be created or expanded through short changing the needed pension contributions and it appears beyond our economic ability to sustain them.
4.) Perhaps consideration should be given to a small reduction to those now receiving benefits to both ensure the solvency of the funds and not place all the burden on current employees.

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Posted by John Freitag on 12/20/2018 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Pension Tension: Vermont's Underfunded Retirement Obligations

You also have to include the legislature in the culpability. If the legislature passed fiscally responsible budgets, the administration would not be robbing Peter to pay Paul. How about we look at the while picture

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 12/20/2018 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Pension Tension: Vermont's Underfunded Retirement Obligations

Pensions are a thing of the past. Most people don't get them, even after working one or more jobs for decades. They were a good idea but are no longer realistic.

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Posted by The Oracle on 12/20/2018 at 8:27 AM

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