Budget Standoff

Twice since the 2018 Special Session began in June members of the House Ways and Means, Appropriations and Education committees heard from the senior members of the Governor’s Cabinet. Present were Adam Greshin, Commissioner of Finance and Management; Kaj Samsom, Commissioner of Taxes; Mike Pieciak, Commissioner of Financial Regulation and Heather Bouchet, acting Secretary of Education. While their demeanor was beguilingly civil, the Administration’s message remains remarkably clear. Do as we say, period. Governor Scott vetoed the budget twice, but it’s not the budget he objects to. In fact there is nothing in the original spending plan he doesn’t like. Instead his intention is to dramatical

VT V(e)T(o) yo-yo

In my post ("One Time") from a couple of weeks ago, I laid out some of the attributes of the budget that passed the legislature (unanimously in the Senate; by a 117-14 vote in the House) in May. It held spending increases to 0.5%, below the level of economic growth, per the governor's request. There were some hard fought provisions in the budget, but the governor and legislature came to agreement on how much to spend and where. It's good policy that earned support from the most conservative and most liberal legislators. And yet Governor Scott vetoed this budget on May 25th because, he said, it increased property taxes for education spending. Education spending is decided by neither the le

RECs and Renewable Energy

Confusion abounds about renewable energy credits, known as RECs and to what extent Vermont’s renewable energy development is being helped or hindered by the REC market. RECs Renewable energy portfolio standards (RPS) were created to quantify and promote renewable energy. Utilities in states with an RPS are required to have a certain percentage of renewable energy in their portfolio. The way utilities prove they have the required amount is to hold Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) which are a financial construct (certificates) representing the renewable attributes of generation. Every New England state has an RPS; although, requirements vary from state to state. RECs are traded on the New Engla


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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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