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Re: “Vermont Inmates Moving to CoreCivic Prison in Mississippi

The ACLU is right in opposing the move of prisoners' to Mississippi; which will place the inmates even further away both in distance and from their families/lawyers/physicians. They deserve to serve their time for crimes committed however, not to be that far away from their families. It's my opinion, where the crime was committed is where the time should be served.

Per the Centre Daily Times (9/19/2018): VT will pay $71.00 per inmate in October 2018; a total of 228 inmates to be moved for a grand total of $16,188.00. The contract fee for the 2nd year would increase to $72.00. In Mississippi, they have the capacity of 350 beds. For the Fiscal Year ending 2017 our Instate/Inhouse cost was $183.00.

How does the DOC plan move/relocate those already housed?
I would be curious to know how much this will cost to move them?

They supposedly will receive access to phones, attorneys and health care w/no copays.

For that price will they be getting free tablets? I have read some prisons in Mississippi have banned access to books, which is wrong. Vermonters' don't belong in Mississippi.

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Posted by genesis_44 on 09/19/2018 at 8:17 PM

Re: “GOP Officials Attack Sen. Ingram Over Drunk Driving Arrest

The harshness and penalties under Vermont DUI law "DEPENDENT" on previous infractions.
Including jail time, fines and suspension with offenses.

First Offense: Up to 2 years in prison, Up to $750.00 fine and 90 day driver license suspension.
Very fortunate. Lost a friend to a drunk driver years ago.

Alcohol is an addition, a disease. Different than opiates but still an addiction..

Wondering how testing for sobriety will be performed for those suspected of DUI w/breath/saliva testing (substance).

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Posted by genesis_44 on 09/12/2018 at 8:23 PM

Re: “Vermont Sues OxyContin Maker for Its Role in the Opiate Crisis

How many suits are now currently pending? How are these lawsuits being paid for and by whom?
My opinion; seriously why would any new businesses want to move and/or relocate to a state that seems suit happy.

So much for the growing economy, with the exception of Vail, who has no problem buying into our greatest marketable industries. Any guesses as to who might be looking into Jay & Burke next?

Opiate crisis: Not new news - What do the Physicians receive for payment/reimbursements when they prescribe this medication to patients? As it's been reported as an addictive medicine; why not try an alternative prescription that would be less likely to become habit forming? Are prescriptions still being written now? Even as this article was published today? If so, how & why would anyone in the medical field continue to prescribe to anyone?

Regarding EB-5 it's my opinion, this needs to be shut down now. No winding down slowly, it should have been shutdown back in 2016 when dockets/files were being seized, no red flags there. Regarding those who have not received their "green cards", not our problem. Take care of the people who reside here first. When this case is settled, someone should write a book or movie about it.

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Posted by genesis_44 on 09/06/2018 at 7:13 PM

Re: “A Predictable Outcome: Scott and Hallquist Win Their Primaries

Many Congratulations to Christine Hallquist, Cameron Russell & Staff!!!!!

I can't speak for everyone in the NEK, however, I do know that people who live here and in other rural areas as well, sometimes feel as though we are forgotten about in Montpelier due to the demographics. All the more reasons why fiber optic is needed to further advance & grow the economy, there is hope.

In my book it means alot when someone who is running for Governor, takes the time to visit and meet the people in the communities and listens to the residents and their concerns. I value your leadership skills, business knowledge and look forward to November.

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Posted by genesis_44 on 08/15/2018 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Walters: Scott Boasts of Labor Force Growth in Vermont

Mr. Hoffer,
Thank you for providing the information.

Re: Migration: The information provided according to the IRS data, is any information available for 2017 or is the 2014 2016 information provided the only information available?


June 2018 (not adjusted seasonally) Rating 3.0%

Total 353,058
Employed 342,608
Unemployed 10,450

The above website list/shows the rates per each county.

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Posted by genesis_44 on 08/03/2018 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Boasts of Labor Force Growth in Vermont

Reference sources: (3)

VT Population 2018 (Demographics/Maps)

Agency of Community Development - Budget vs. Governor Recommended, Staffing, Salaries, Wages, Meals etc.

Wikipedia: 14 Counties, 237 Towns, 9 Cities in Vermont

My questions below:

Of the 4,400 Workers gained are they presently working?

Of the 4,400 Workers, how many of these positions were considered to be FT Permanent, Seasonal, Temporary, Per Diem and/or Interns?

Is there a demographic chart & information available showing which Counties showed the most growth (guessing Chittenden) and which Counties showed a decline, Data including Residents leaving the area and Businesses closing.

In the NEK alone 2 businesses have closed within the last few months (Sears & McDonalds).
Over the last 2 years there have been more. Not including VT Life Magazine.

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Posted by genesis_44 on 08/03/2018 at 6:36 AM

Re: “In Race for Governor, Sen. John Rodgers Stands His Ground

Mr. Deering, apology accepted. Mine to you as well. We are entitled to our own opinions in regards to whom we feel is the best qualified to represent the citizens of VT. As you stated, your remarks were done in the heat of the moment and could possibly be lead to misinterpretation.

Surely you've been keeping updated/informed on the issues of Equality in the Work Place, gender & across the borderline rate pay ratio (being NH & NY), recent violent acts, guns, activist, education, health care, opioid crisis, water quality, growth, connectivity and legalization of cannabis.

It's my opinion some of your comments about the Politicians should not have been said, I don't agree with all of your comments. I do apologize to Mr. Rodgers as well, I don't agree with the legalization of cannabis, I feel more research should have been prior to legalization, from a medical stance. Since it's already legal, tax it.

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Posted by genesis_44 on 08/02/2018 at 7:35 AM

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