This week, we spent many long hours on the Floor of the House. This was due to the fact that several huge bills were debated, including the Budget, or “Big Bill”; the Transportation, or “T-Bill”; a renewable energy bill; and the second of two Fee Bills (Fee 2). Additionally, there was a host of other legislation that hit the Floor as a result of the crossover deadline.
The fees for the Department of Environmental Conservation were the focus of Fee 2. The Transportation Bill makes increased investments in our roads and bridges, to a great extent due to Tropical Storm Irene. The Renewable Energy Bill (H.468) continues the work Vermont has done to increase our energy independence and reduce greenhouse gases.
The House Appropriations Committee has once again done a miraculous job of meeting the needs of Vermonters while passing a thoughtful, balanced budget. The State of Vermont has suffered unprecedented disasters this year. We all remember Irene, which hit us at the end of August, but the spring flooding affected many areas of the state dramatically. [...]