Time to vote!

2016 is going to be a year when early/absentee voting plays a key role in the primary election outcomes. We tend to think of March Town Meeting Day or early November as the time for elections. Not so for Vermont's primaries. This year's primary election is on August 9th. It's the earliest primary election in state history and – considering that it falls smack dab in the middle of the summer travel season – likely the most inconvenient. If you are going to be out of town, or simply have a busy schedule with family activities, consider casting your vote early. Early/absentee voting has already started, so you can vote as early as today and have one less thing to worry about in August. How

Friday Night on the Barricades

On a perfect mid-June Friday night, we gathered with a hundred other people on the Chelsea Street bridge in South Royalton to protest the NewVista project. NewVista is a development concept underwritten by Utahan David Hall and inspired by the writings of Joseph Smith. It would entail the acquisition of 5,000 acres of land in Strafford, Sharon, Tunbridge, and Royalton to construct a development housing 15,000-20,000 people. (These four towns’ combined population is currently less than 7,000 people.) Mr. Hall has acquired about 1,500 acres to date. We won’t recount in this blog the full detail of what we know about New Vista; the absurdity of this development scheme has been chronicled we

Affordable Housing: part 2

Affordable Housing – Addressing the Problem When housing is limited, it becomes less and less affordable regardless of other considerations. Hence, increasing the gross number of housing units is a necessary first step where housing is in short supply. Equally important in many areas of the state is renovating existing substandard housing while keeping it affordable. But assuring that units are affordable is a complicated knot to untangle. Problems to address can be divided into several distinct parts. These include having a viable concept or plan, a willing developer, access to capital, the regulatory structure (local and state permits) and land on which to build. The legislature rarely ha


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Cell: (802) 384-8256

Home: (802) 785-2414

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Jim Masland and Tim Briglin were elected to represent the Windsor-Orange 2 district towns of Norwich, Sharon, Strafford, and Thetford in the Vermont House of Representatives.  Their current two-year term is for 2019-2020.


Jim Masland is serving his eleventh term in the Statehouse and is a member of the Ways & Means Committee.


Tim Briglin is serving his third term in the Statehouse and is the Chair of the Energy & Technology Committee.


You can find Jim and Tim's seats in the General Assembly by clicking here.  Their seat numbers are #82 and #93, respectively.


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