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It was terrific to see so many young people engaged in the workings of government this week. The 2019 class of Eagle Scouts were honored for their accomplishments with a House resolution. Congratulations to all the Eagle Scouts for their accomplishments and to their families, Scoutmasters, m…

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The life of S.23 – an act relating to increasing the minimum wage continued last week. The Governor vetoed the bill on Monday. He cited in his veto message his concerns with a mandated increase to be projected job losses, decreased employee hours and increased costs of good and services. The…

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It’s no secret that like many northeastern states Vermont faces difficult demographic challenges. In a state with an aging population, we’ll need more younger workers in the coming years to have a healthy tax base and to provide the services many older Vermonters rely upon.

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Vermonters value our strong communities. We celebrate the good times with cheers and hugs, and we lend a helping hand when times are tough. Taking care of our neighbors – that’s what we do. During a power outage, we check in on our neighbors. After a heavy snow, we help shovel stoops and pus…

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Republicans in Montpelier have once again made clear exactly where their priorities lie with a pair of vetoes shooting down two pieces of widely supported, impactful legislation: paid family and medical leave and a minimum wage increase.

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Love Spreads... The morning of February 14, the residents of Milton were greeted with Hearts — EVERYWHERE. I was astounded that every turn — signs — store fronts — businesses — telephone poles — you get my meaning — there were symbols of love. I realize that there are many who think this was…

If you visit the Statehouse this time of year you won’t see many long debates in the House chamber. Instead, House committees are deep in the work of developing and refining proposals, some of which will make it to stage where those bills are voted on by the full body. About 1250 ideas in th…

The hot topic of this past week was Paid Family Leave. The Governor had vetoed the bill and it was again take up in the House with hopes of overriding his veto. After much discussion and debate it was voted on again. The two thirds majority needed was not attained and the bill did not become…

Dear Editor-Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women. It kills one woman every ~80 seconds including my mom in 2011. While at work, her symptoms began as what she described as “a little gas”. She died a few hours later in her car in her driveway.

Happy 2020! Looking back on the first month of the New Year, our team has accomplished a fair amount of work. And we’re looking forward to more projects and programs to come.

We have now completed the sixth week of this year’s session. The biggest thing this past week was the Governor’s veto on the Paid Family and Medical Leave bill that would have added a 29-million-dollar payroll tax to be paid by all workers, even those who could not receive these benefits. As…

I kind of hate to admit how long I have been a member of the Milton Historical Society. I started out as one of the youngest of charter members, so you can look it up if you want. But it would be a mistake to assume that I, or anyone else, except maybe Jim, really knows the answers to all yo…

It’s budget time again, and the MTSD Board has been hard at work over the past three months finalizing our budget for the 2020-2021 school year.

I put my toast on a little plate – a saucer, actually – and a memory showed up. It is a sturdy immigrant from England, a flowery Victorian pattern of brown leaves and flowers. The memory is of a sunny day in a field with my grandmother. It was mid to late summer, the hay was mown short. Some…

We have come to the end of the third week in the 2020 Legislative Session. The end of this past week was quite busy on the floor. The House passed two impactful bills.

On Tuesday, voters in Iowa will traipse to their individual caucuses to give the nation its first report on who is leading among the Democrats running for the presidential nomination. Depending on the poll, the lead has bounced from Pete Buttigieg, to Elizabeth Warren to Bernie Sanders and n…

At VTrans, we know how much you count on us to keep Vermont’s roadways safe for travel during winter weather and storms. This time of year, you’ll see our fleet of 268 plow trucks out in full force, plowing millions of miles of roads and highways and doing our part to keep you moving.

This legislative session began on January 7th, and got off to fast start. Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife (my assigned committee) picked up right up where we left off. The major focus is still on the rewrite and update of Act 250, with hopes of having it leave our committee this session…

When I was a kid we were told that the windows were painted in winter by Jack Frost. You’d get up in the morning and marvel at the lace and forests that covered the windows before the house warmed up. On really cold days that could be all day, although there might be periods when the wood st…

On Thursday morning, hours before senators were sworn in to serve on President Trump’s impeachment trial, an independent, nonpartisan government watchdog confirmed what I have long suspected: When Trump froze congressionally appropriated military aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to compel…

I am a civil engineer, a matter of considerable personal pride. And when I think about some of the significant challenges that Vermonters have met and overcome, many of the most impressive that come to mind (or at least the mind of a civil engineer) are feats in which engineering had a centr…

We didn’t grow up thinking of ourselves as poor, although I expect we were. I don’t remember wanting for anything, although if I had paid attention perhaps the kids in my neighborhood wore their school clothes longer than some. But our mothers passed things back in forth in those days before…

The Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance, a priority for legislative leadership, is already sitting in conference committee, before the first week of the Vermont 2020 Legislative session is over! As with all bills, there needs to be agreement between the Senate version and House version b…

Last week, Vermonters from all corners of the state returned to the State House for the 2020 legislative session. The Speaker kicked off the first day with her vision to create an economy that works for everyone, not just a select few. Vermont faces its share of challenges and opportunities.…

Dad says, “The good old days were mostly just old.” He has gotten a couple of magazines about the old days over time, and they seem to be quite popular, but I am beginning to notice that most of the pieces are written, like mine, from the point of view of the kids! Seldom have I seen one by …

1. Reporting Hazardous Road Conditions. During normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., hazardous road conditions can be reported to the DPW Office or Town Manager’s Office by calling 893-6655. Outside of normal working hours, please call Police Dispatch at 893-2424.

The call came into our Crisis Fuel Office after hours. We could tell it was an elderly gentleman. He stated he “really needed help with emergency fuel”. He left his name and phone number. This was the first time he had called. What he didn’t realize is that he didn’t hang the phone up after …

Dad was 95 yesterday. We gathered in the afternoon, bearing pizza, lasagna, chocolate cake and a great-granddaughter. Everybody talked at once, which is usual. Mike provided candles in the shapes of numbers 9 and 5 – we talked about changing them around to read 56, but didn’t. So there were …

A few years ago I learned that as we edge closer to our 60’s we feel more sharply time going by and the changes that come with age, especially the loss of friends.

Funding from OneCare Vermont – the organization leading the state’s “all payer” experiment in health-care reform — is keeping an innovative and proven system of support for vulnerable Vermonters called SASH (Support and Services at Home) operating in all corners of Vermont.

We stare at our children and envy their lightness of being, like snowflakes swept along the hard edge of winter’s first breath. They are spared the cares that shadow their parent’s lives. Their Christmas orbits are drawn with the truest of lines; you are their center, and they yours.

You may have heard that timing is everything. And in many walks of life, that may be true – but not necessarily when it comes to investing.

Ho ho ho! The Town of Milton Recreation Department would like to thank all who participated in the “Letters to Santa” project this year!

Milton Rescue would like to extend a sincere “Thank You” to the Cornerstone Community Church and Milton Boy Scout Troop 631 for the generous donation they made to our Department.

We’ve had a busy and productive year to cap off the decade. I couldn’t be more grateful to our town staff, who work tirelessly to deliver the services and amenities we expect of Milton. Team morale is strong and we’re all ready for another exciting year of working with friends.

The total cost of Vermont’s Education is estimated at $1.7 billion for the next school year. It is the amount needed to run Vermont’s public pre-K through grade 12 schools for FY2020-2021, and is the state’s largest fund. Where does all that money go?

When I was little my grandmother gave me a tiny green book from her childhood. It was a Christmas gift of the size that would fit in a stocking and it contained several stories of the Victorian sort set in tiny type. We are often amazed at how small the type was, and that it was read by cand…

One of the public policy issues of our time is looking ahead to see how we can rejigger our educational system to adjust to the expected impact automation will have on the workforce. The warning is that if we don’t adjust we will run headlong into a future of greater income inequality, less …

So we had a baby shower for my younger daughter yesterday. I was all prepared with a booklet on Infant Care I thought I’d share since it was issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (I don’t think they intended any pun here) in 1914. I guess that was about in time for my grandmother to have be…

In this last month of the year (and the last year of the decade!), it’s time for our annual favorites list. Milton Public Library staff chose these as their favorite books read in 2019.

Ever since the passage of Act 60 in 1997 and Act 68 in 2003, Vermonters have been perpetually frustrated with our education financing system. And for good reasons. Vermont has the second highest property tax burden in the nation. Marry that with a declining student population and wild inequa…

The topic of health care consolidation – or, the coming together of hospitals, doctors and other types of providers – has been in the news quite a bit recently. In fact, early last month, the Health Reform Oversight Committee of the Vermont Legislature heard from a Stanford University econom…

My mother used to say that anyone who liked to read couldn’t clear out an attic. That says more about the things people stored in their attics than about the actual cleaning of them, I think. I have found some good books stuck away in attics and storerooms, some of which I put there. This we…

Earlier this week the Vermont Tax Commissioner sent out the annual letter from the administration to state legislative leaders recommending rates for the FY 2020/2021 homestead property tax and the non-homestead rate.

It’s that time of year again. Beyond the turkey and fixings, it’s time to take stock of what we’re thankful for. I couldn’t be more thankful for our beautiful town and the wonderful people in it. Here at the Town Offices I’m very grateful for our hard working staff and all of the things we a…

In the early 1800s, British poet and humorist Thomas Hood wrote, at the end of a wry piece called “No!”, “No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, / No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds, November!” It is all kind of true around here, too. It is definitely a season of fading color, …

Recently, there have been conversations at library conferences about the recognition of heritage and history months, including African American History Month in February, Women’s History Month in March, Asian Pacific Heritage Month in May, and Native American Heritage Month in November. Some…