Laura Sibilia

Learning curve: ‘occasionally steep, always interesting, and endlessly inspiring’

A freshman state representative lists accomplishments from the legislative session

Serving my first two years as your representative in the Vermont House of Representatives has been a privilege and an honor.

On your behalf, I worked hard every day to learn the legislative process, forge productive relationships with my colleagues, and use my experience and voice to assist our district, our neighbors, and our state.

My work ethic and willingness to work across the political spectrum on state and local challenges allowed me to be more effective than might otherwise be expected of an independent freshmen.

As a freshman legislator unaffiliated with a political party, the learning curve was occasionally steep, always interesting, and endlessly inspiring.

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Wanted: Internet access for 30,000 more Vermonters

Surely, the goal of federal funding for VTel was getting access to those who need it, not just construction of towers

Last week, the Vermont House of Representatives passed a bill that will raise additional funding to expand Internet to approximately 30,000 unserved and underserved Vermonters. H.870 will increase the universal-service fee on phone bills by half a percent, raising roughly $1.6 million per year. The language was approved 96–31...

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Our once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fix our schools

Act 46 won't fix education, but it will set us on a course to redefining what values we want in a quest to provide equal educational opportunities for all Vermont students

A discussion with far-reaching implications is happening at school board and community meetings across Vermont right now. The discussion, required by this past Legislative session's Act 46 - “the Unification Act” - is about things we all hold very dear: our children, our communities, and our future. In terms...

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A first-hand window on a local economy

For many years, I worked in the oft-maligned hospitality service jobs of the Deerfield Valley region, jobs that allowed me to make a decent living with maximum flexibility while I had small children. The last service industry job I had was as a waitress at Dot's Restaurant. This was a very busy, and therefore fairly lucrative job a few days a week, allowing me maximum time with my three young children. My interest in economic development began there. Folks treasure...

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CEDS in SeVEDS’ own words

RE: “Economic group offers community findings” [News, July 10]: We have asked for several corrections to this article about the Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategy (SeVEDS) and the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) project process. The most critical inaccuracy regards funding of CEDS projects: “Shortlisted projects - five to 10 of them - could receive federal or community resources.” This is 100 percent false. As we write on our website: “The CEDS is a regional plan for growth of the...

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