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March 28th, 2015

Senate Report

Early Comments from the Town Meeting Questionnaire

The following statements were taken from some of the responses provided on the Town Meeting Questionnaire. Cell and Broadband: I’m in favor of improving broadband but am much less interested in improving cell phone service. Marijuana: Please do not let Vermont legalize marijuana. Think of our young people and protect them. Sales Tax: When I moved t...

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Senate Report: A Look Back at School District Organization

By Senator Bill Doyle General Assembly passed a comprehensive education act in 1845, which created three new offices: the town superintendent, county superintendent and state superintendent. The first state superintendent of education under the new law was Horace Eaton. Eaton, who was concurrently state superintendent and governor from 1846-1848, s...

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Senate Report: The Salmon Years

By Senator Bill Doyle The Democrats were able to recapture the governorship in 1972 under Thomas Salmon, a Rockingham attorney. He was no doubt helped by a blood-letting Republican primary fight between victor Fred Hackett and James Jeffords. Salmon continued the environmental work begun by Davis. One of his main themes was to slow development and...

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Senate Report: The Snelling Era

By Senator Bill Doyle The Republicans recaptured the governorship in 1976 through Richard Snelling. Snelling had campaigned on a platform of providing more jobs to Vermonters and running government more efficiently, which apparently appealed to Vermonters as they returned him to governorship in 1978, 1980 and 1982. He gained national attention thro...

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Senate Report — Philip Hoff: Vermont’s governor who influenced the move to a two-party state

By Senator Bill Doyle Philip Hoff was elected as Vermont’s governor in 1962. Hoff’s appeal was based upon more than his stands on political issues. He was an energetic leader who knew how to make people enthusiastic about their state and themselves. Elbert Moulton, a Republican, served under Hoff as his development commissioner, and held him in hig...

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Senate Report: Royall Tyler – Distinguished Vermont Author

By Senator Bill Doyle Royall Tyler, early Vermont author, has been described by Frederick Tupper in this way: “His writings and his fame are not the exclusive possession of his adopted Vermont or even of his native New England, but are a part and by no means a negligible part, of the literary history of America. As the writer of the first American...

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Senate Report – Justin Morrill: A Leader in Higher Education

By Senator Bill Doyle Justin Morrill was born in Stafford in 1810, the oldest of 10 children. His school career ended at the age of 14, and he took a job with a storekeeper at $30 a year. In 1831, he formed a partnership with his first employer. He subsequently withdrew from the partnership, married and embarked on a congressional career. In 1854,...

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Senate Report: International Students Look to the U.S. for Education

by Senator Bill Doyle With school enrollments shrinking almost everywhere and the costs of education increasing, resulting in increased taxes, international education becomes an option for any community. The Institute of International Education has recently done a report on international secondary students in the United States. The report provided...

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Lieutenant Governor Silas Jenison and Acting Governor

From the 1830’s until the Civil War, there was a high degree of political instability. There were many cases during this period when no candidate for Governor was able to gain a statewide majority. The ultimate of political instability was reached in 1835 when no candidate for governor was able to gain a majority. The unicameral legislature was inc...

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Emma Willard: Pioneer for Higher Education of Women

by Senator Bill Doyle Emma Willard was an early pioneer for the higher education of women. Her plan gained the approval of several presidents of the United States, including John Adams, James Monroe, and Thomas Jefferson. In a letter written to Willard in 1819, John Adams wrote, “The female moiety of mankind deserves as much honor, esteem, and resp...

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