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April 21st, 2015

Senate Report

Berlin Supports Water Quality, Broadband and Cell Service, and is Concerned About Increased Use of Opiates

At right are the results for the 2015 Town Meeting Day Survey from the returns of Berlin residents. The numbers represent the total number (not percentages) of residents who answered “yes”, “no” or “not sure” for each of the 15 questions. Senator Bill Doyle serves on the Senate Education Committee and Senate Economic Affairs Committee. He teaches g...

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East Montpelier Supports Water Quality, Broadband and Cell Service, and is Concerned About Increased Use of Opiates

At right are the results for the 2015 Town Meeting Day Survey from the returns of East Montpelier residents. The numbers represent the total number (not percentages) of residents who answered “yes”, “no” or “not sure” for each of the 15 questions. Senator Bill Doyle serves on the Senate Education Committee and Senate Economic Affairs Committee. He...

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Barre Town Supports Water Quality, Broadband, and is Concerned About Increased Use of Opiates

At right are the results for the 2015 Town Meeting Day Survey from the returns of Barre Town residents. The numbers represent the total number (not percentages) of residents who answered “yes”, “no” or “not sure” for each of the 15 questions. Senator Bill Doyle serves on the Senate Education Committee and Senate Economic Affairs Committee. He teach...

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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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