Montpelier, VT - The Vermont House of Representatives today passed a balanced budget that, among many things, makes important investments in Medicaid funding and LIHEAP (low income heating energy assistance program), while also setting aside $9 million in reserve funds.
Montpelier, VT – Today the House of Representatives passed H.520 – An act relating to reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. This bill will help Vermonters insulate their homes, save money on their heating bills and cut down on their carbon emissions.
Montpelier VT - The Vermont House of Representatives has passed H.95- An act relating to unclaimed life insurance benefits. This bill requires life insurance companies to make a good faith effort to locate beneficiaries after a client has deceased.
Four years ago, this body first elected me to serve as Speaker of the House. I am humbled now, as I was then, by the faith that you have placed in me to serve as your Speaker. I hope to honor that faith over the coming two years as we work together to make Vermont a better place.
In the years since I was first elected Speaker, our state and country has experienced a grave economic downturn and politics have become increasingly polarized on the national level. The political culture in the nation’s capital has left many discouraged and, quite frankly, disgusted. As the country faces monumental challenges -- huge future fiscal imbalances, crumbling infrastructure and an education system that is not preparing our children for citizenry or the work force, many openly wonder whether our leaders and systems are capable of putting aside their differences, rolling up their sleeves and laying a foundation for a strong future.
Thursday, the House passed a resolution recognizing the political, economic, and cultural ties between Vermont and Canada, and we were honored with a visit from Patrick Binn, Consul General of Canada to New England.