Author: Jacqueline Cain

Congressman visits Perrigo

On a trip to the Perrigo Nutritionals plant in Georgia on Monday morning, Rep. Peter Welch (D- Vt.) learned about the company and its products and how to help them. “I was unaware of what they did, and it’s impressive,” said Vermont’s only House representative, who, along with his Deputy State Director Jon Copans, chatted with a handful of quality and operations specialists for about 40 minutes. Before taking a brief tour with Vice President of Operations Sean Walsh, Welch learned the history of the factory, built in the industrial park off Skunk Hill Road in the early 1980s,...

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Messages from Montpelier

By DON TURNER Chittenden-10 It is an honor to represent you in our state legislature. Communication is a very important part of this job and I appreciate the opportunity that the Milton Independent gives me to communicate the activities of the general assembly to you on a weekly basis. This summary focus’ on a few key issues. Budget and tax issues The governor’s proposed budget increases spending by over $88 million. This is a 5 percent increase over last year’s approved spending plan. Our caucus has proposed the following items: • Limit FY15 budget growth to 3 percent or...

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Letter: Organizations assisting organizations

The Milton Family Community Center would like to thank the Milton Recreation Department for collecting donations during the Winter Festival to benefit our food shelf. Close to $300 was collected to help purchase food to feed your hungry neighbors. Thank you also to everyone who contributed. Your generosity is appreciated beyond measure. Milton is a caring, compassionate community where neighbors take care of each other. You keep our shelves stocked with hearty, nutritious staples, which are available to anyone who needs help getting through the month with food on their table. With recent cuts to federal and state food...

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Georgia voters deny school budget

The Georgia school budget failed for the first time in a decade, and board member Carl Laroe isn’t surprised. “I had heard a lot of grumblings about school spending in general,” said Laroe when reached by phone Tuesday night. “My impression is it’s not a local thing. Some people wanted to send a message, and that’s their right.” The $13 million school budget, voted by Australian ballot, was nixed 400-315. The town’s $2.5 million budget was approved 110 to 17. One hundred seventy checked in to vote on the floor, but not all cast paper ballots for every town...

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Montpelier on the mind

For the second time in three years, Gov. Peter Shumlin dropped by Georgia Elementary and Middle School to take questions from voters before Town Meeting. “This is what makes democracy great in Vermont, and obviously it doesn’t work if you don’t show up,” Shumlin said. This year, many Georgians did show up – the whole gym was packed with voters who took turns at the mic, questioning the governor. And this year, some might say the gov got off easy. Despite discussion of education spending at a pre-Town Meeting forum attended by about a dozen taxpayers on Monday night,...

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