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August 22nd, 2014

Senate Report

Marshfield Concerned About Opiates

  Many thanks to the 65 citizens of Marshfield who responded to the Town Meeting Questionnaire. Marshfield supported the legalization of marijuana, supported labeling of food and the creation of a state bank. Marshfield comments and results are as follows.   Wind “We can’t have wind turbines on every ridgeline in the state and fragmenting...

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Fayston Supports Cell Service and Broadband

Many thanks to the 71 citizens of Fayston who responded to the Town Meeting Survey. Fayston supported cell service and broadband, and expressed concern about opiates and the cost of education.     Senator Bill Doyle serves on the Senate Education Committee and Senate Economic Affairs Committee, and is the Senate Assistant Minority Leader. He t...

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East Montpelier Supports Minimum Wage Increase

  Many thanks to the 138 citizens of East Montpelier who participated in the Town Meeting Survey. This was the largest return ever! East Montpelier supported a minimum wage increase, cell and broadband service, and prohibiting cell phones while driving. Comments and results are as follows.   Cell Phones “Please! Ban cell phones while driv...

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Calais Supports Cell Service and Broadband

Many thanks to the Calais citizens who participated in the annual Town Meeting Survey. Calais supported cell and broadband, prohibition of cell phones, and concern about opiates. Comments and results are as follows.   Natural Gas “Natural gas is obviously an important part of Vermont’s economy today, but we need to start aggressively weaning o...

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Duxbury Supports Minimum Wage Increase

  Many thanks to the 80 citizens of Duxbury who responded to the Town Meeting Survey. It was the largest return ever! Duxbury supported increasing the minimum wage and increased cell service and broadband. Following are comments and results.   Paychecks “Do you really need to take 16 percent of my paycheck every week? I work for $9.00 an...

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Berlin Concerned About Opiates

  Many thanks to the 132 citizens of Berlin who responded to the Town Meeting Survey. Berlin residents expressed concern about opiates, the cost of education, and the use of cell phones. Comments are results are as follows.   Drugs “We lost the war on drugs years ago.”   Retirement “As a retired military man, 22 years of active duty,...

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Barre Town Citizens Would Prohibit Use of Cell Phones While Driving

  Many thanks to the citizens of Barre Town who participated in the Annual Town Meeting Questionnaire. Barre Town citizens would prohibit the use of cell phones while driving, believe education costs are unsustainable, and that health care is not moving in the right direction. Comments are as follows.   Plastic Bags “Placing fees on plast...

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Barre City Supports Minimum Wage Increase

  Many thanks to the 228 citizens of Barre who responded to the Town Meeting Questionnaire. Barre supported increasing the minimum wage, labelling GMO foods, and cell service and broadband. Congratulations to Barre City on your significant progress!   Comments are as follows:   Drugs “The drug issue needs to be dealt with. In a small...

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Town Meeting Survey Results

  So far, 9,600 Town Meeting surveys have been returned and tallied. Following are the total results, in percentages.   Senator Bill Doyle serves on the Senate Education Committee and Senate Economic Affairs Committee, and is the Senate Assistant Minority Leader. He teaches government history at Johnson State College. He can be reached at 186...

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More Town Meeting Comments From Washington County

  Survival   “I’m a 71-year-old divorcee who has to survive on $1400 a month. I qualify for fuel assistance and Green Mountain Power discounts but am cold every winter day.”       Business Incentives   “Be careful about giving businesses tax incentives if you shift the tax burden to other businesses and tax payers.”...

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