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August 29th, 2014

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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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Town Meeting Comments from Washington County

  Affordability   “My fuel oil and property taxes together are equal to five social security checks.”   “Cost of living and maintaining a home is out of reach for many residents. A sizeable amount of people in Vermont are still not making $10 per hour.”       Property Taxes   “Property taxes are too high and going up. Senio...

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Senate Report

Vermont’s 1777 Constitution Vermont’s Constitution written in 1777 was one year before our nation declared its independence in 1776 and twelve years before our nationl constitution was written in 1787. The year 1777 was espe-cially important for Vermont. We declared our independence from England and New York and prevailed at the Battle of Benningto...

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Town Meeting Day Survey

  Look for the annual Town Meeting Day Survey when you attend your town’s meeting. Surveys can be returned to your town or city clerk or local legislator; by mail to Sen. Bill Doyle, State House, 115 State Street Montpelier, VT 05633-5301; or by fax to 828-2424.       Senator Bill Doyle serves on the Senate Education Committee and Senate...

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1786 Economic Crisis in Vermont: Governor Chittenden Wants to Tax Lawyers

  While the new nation was going through an economic crisis in 1786, the independent Republic of Vermont had its own economic crisis.   While Vermont had little debt compared to the thirteen original states after the Revolutionary War, it was not immune to currency inflation. As before the war, many old and new settlers used credit to buy...

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Robert Frost

Dorothy Canfield Fisher had this to say about Robert Frost:   “Any state, even a self-contained, reticent state like Vermont, feels proud when out of all the other places in the world it is chosen for a home by a man of genius. There was a deep unspoken feeling that he belongs with us, that he alone in the world of poets puts into words what w...

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Consuelo Northrup Bailey: Vermont’s First Woman Speaker

  Consuelo Northrup Bailey was Vermont’s first woman to hold the office of Speaker of the House. When she was 15 years old, Bailey was a spectator at an inheritance trial of a prominent St. Albans woman. The basic argument against the woman who deserved the money was that she was too small a woman to inherit a large amount of money.   The...

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Emma Willard: Pioneer for Higher Education of Women

  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, John Monroe and Thomas Jefferson. In a letter written to Willard in 1819, John Adams said, “The female moiety of mankind deserves as much honor, esteem and respect as the male.”...

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Justin Morrill: A Leader in Higher Education

  Justin Morrill was born in Strafford in 1810 and was 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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Dorothy Canfield Fisher

  Dorothy Fisher was one of Vermont’s most versatile scholars. She was a short story writer, historian, novelist, and lecturer. She was born in Lawrence, Kansas, and in 1907, she and her husband, John, moved to Canfield family land in Arlington. Many of her works were influenced by her experience in Vermont, including Hillsboro People, 1915; T...

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