Last week, the Vermont Legislature resumed its 2020 session, reconvening to focus on the fiscal year 2021 state budget, additional Coronavirus Relief Funding, and a few remaining priority bills. The session will be a short one, with a target adjournment date of no later than September 25. I will do my best to keep you… Continue reading Fall Legislative Session Begins
In just a few short weeks, on Tuesday, September 8th, our public PK-12 schools will re-open for the 2020-21 school year. I have heard from dozens of parents, teachers, students, and school staff members who are anxious about whether opening our schools during a global pandemic is a good idea and how we can ensure children, teachers, staff, their families, and our communities can remain safe. As an education policy maker, member of the Senate Education Committee, and mother of three kids, my primary policy focus during this state of emergency has been our education system, from early childhood programs through colleges and universities, so I am writing to share my thoughts about this transition.
Versions of this essay also appeared in VTDigger and the Addison County Independent. As a citizen, I take voting very seriously. The act of voting for me is celebratory, ritualistic, an honor. I have distinct memories of voting and waiting for results from elections, both significant and mundane, throughout my life. I remember going to… Continue reading Take Voting Seriously
So much has changed since you elected me to be your state senator in 2018. We're in the midst of a global pandemic, a significant economic crisis, and nationwide strife fueled by a malicious president, police brutality, and systemic racism. The daily stress and uncertainty can be overwhelming. As your senator, I have worked to… Continue reading I’m Here to be Your Senator
I hope you've been able to find ways to stay safe and cool during this heat wave! I'm writing to provide information about how to apply for some of the economic relief funding programs I outlined in my previous post, and to highlight a few major policy initiatives prioritized by the legislature during this unique session.