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Re: “Charlotte Writer’s Manifesto Calls for a More Assertive, Ambitious Vermont

What about the money? I read through the document and didn't see much about how Vermont can reduce its dependence on federal funding, did a search, found this article showing just how dependent Vermont is on federal funds. https://vermontbiz.com/news/2018/january/1…. From another source, "in 2014, Vermont received approximately $1.9 billion in federal aid, 33.6 percent of the state's general revenues. Taking into consideration the state's 2014 population, this came out to about $3,091 in federal aid per capita."

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Posted by A. Smith on 06/12/2019 at 12:47 PM
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Re: “The Statehouse Foretold: What Bills Will the Vermont Legislature Pass?

One correction. The Broadband bill, H.513, is in the Senate Finance Committee. Testimony was taken on it last Friday for the first time https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/… and the bill will be taken up again on 4/18. I do not find it listed on the Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee's list of bills or agenda. Among other things, the bill enables the wireless industry to attach 5G equipment to poles via a directive to the PUC to update the pole attachment rule to adopt the industry's "make-ready" standard by the end of the year. A public forum is being held on 4/18 from 1 -3 in Room 10 to discuss the 5G issues https://mailchi.mp/f41131261304/award-winn…

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Posted by A. Smith on 04/17/2019 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Minimal Disclosure: Lawmakers’ Financial Filings Reveal Little

I subscribed to the Burlington Free Press online when they were offering a year for $4.99. Then they upped it to $9.99 and I resubscribed. The other day I got an "urgent" message from them that my card on file didn't work (due to the account being hacked so I had to get a new card). I realized I barely looked at the BFP in recent weeks, and can see no reason to renew the online subscription. What a sad story for Burlington to have its daily newspaper degraded to such an extent.

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Posted by A. Smith on 01/23/2019 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Montpeculiar: Rep. Dylan Giambatista Spiffs Up Vermont's State Song

This is a beautiful vocal rendition
https://youtu.be/UIHm8zJIsu0

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Posted by A. Smith on 01/16/2019 at 7:42 PM

Re: “'Howe' Now: UVM Drops 'Bailey' From Library Name Over Eugenics Ties

PBS had an educational documentary on recently about the eugenics movement
https://www.pbs.org/video/the-eugenics-cru…
I learned a lot from watching it. It was a mainstream movement supported by, among others, Theodore Roosevelt. It resulted in the United States shutting down immigration for 40 years. Perhaps this is a teachable moment at UVM. Not sure that's how it's being handled, though.

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Posted by A. Smith on 10/29/2018 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Drain the Swamp? Scott Wades Into State Wetland Dispute

This article is precious. Where to begin...

Under Shumlin, Markowitz oversaw what Shumlin announced at a press conference about the Lowell wind project, "marching in lock step with GMP" to get the project through. This was after the ANR staff scientists raised alarms, and once Gov. Shumlin and Sec. Markowitz saw what they were doing, all the staff scientists reversed their testimony
https://vermontersforacleanenvironment.wor…

Then there's Jon Groveman (and DEC Commissioner David Mears) who oversaw and permitted the filling of wetlands and hundreds of feet of Class A headwaters above 2500 feet. Here's a presentation by ethical hydrogeologists who detail the problems with the permits that Groveman, as General Counsel of ANR, was responsible for: http://www.vce.org/401_Presentation.pdf and what the results are
https://vermontersforacleanenvironment.wor…
and ANR's response (still under the Shumlin/Markowitz adminisration to VCE's investigation
https://vermontersforacleanenvironment.wor…

Also under Shumlin, Markowitz and Groveman, the administration permitted dozens of solar projects on Class 2 wetlands. VCE filed comments http://vce.org/VCE_BartonSolar_wetlands_co… that were ignored, the project was built, and this was the result: http://vce.org/BartonSolarSpring2015.pdf

And David Deen and his committee in the House heard VCE's investigation into the slate quarry issues that include massive decades-long filling of wetlands which you can see here: https://youtu.be/p4AKea1fBO0
The committee can be heard saying that they would like Sec. Markowitz to come in and explain why what was shown was happening. That never happened. Nothing ever happened.

I'm not playing politics here, just stating the facts. I've been working as an environmental advocate in Vermont for 19 years and have watched political interference in ANR by Governors Dean (here's one example https://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/s…) Douglas, Shumlin, and Scott. Business as usual in the not-so-green Vermont. That's the story, not this one instance but the bigger picture of how Vermont's green image is a sham.

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Posted by A. Smith on 10/17/2018 at 6:40 PM

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