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July 29th, 2016

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Senate Report: The Origin of Washington County

By Sen. Bill Doyle Political parties were not a part of the first years of the United States. Indeed, Washington and other founding fathers warned against them. But dissent is the hallmark of democracy, and soon after the adoption of the Constitution, America’s early leaders were divided into two groups. The first was the Federalists, who believed...

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Plainfield Supports Better Water Quality, Cell and Broadband Expansion

At right are the results for the 2015 Town Meeting Day Survey from the returns of Plainfield 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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Woodbury Is Concerned With Opiate Use and Water Quality, in Favor of Statewide Cell Service and Broadband

At right are the results for the 2015 Town Meeting Day Survey from the returns of Waterbury 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 teache...

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Waterbury Is Concerned About Opiate Use and Water Quality, Hopes for Statewide Cell Service and Broadband

At right are the results for the 2015 Town Meeting Day Survey from the returns of Waterbury 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 teache...

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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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