SoVT All-Payer presentation, Minter and Scott holding forums in the Valley

There are a couple of important opportunities for you to weigh in on our state’s future happening in Southern Vermont in the next two weeks – I encourage you to attend those events you can, ask questions, and share your experiences.
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Draft all-payer waiver agreement presentations
Southern Vermont Forum announced
  • Tuesday, Oct. 11, 4-6 p.m. CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center, Rutland Regional Medical Center, 160 Allen Street, Rutland
  • Wednesday, October 12, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Brattleboro Retreat Conference Room, 16 Anna Marsh Ln, Brattleboro
A public forum will be held with Al Gobeille, Chairman of the Green Mountain Care Board, Governor Peter Shumlin, Lawrence Miller, Chief of Health Care from the Governor’s Office, and Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform to present a draft of the All-Payer Model, Vermont’s  health care reform proposal. The draft proposal is under review and is expected to be amended before it receives the final approval of Governor Peter Shumlin, Agency of Human Services Secretary Hal Cohen, Chairman Gobeille, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) . The forum is designed to present the plan to the public and those involved in Vermont’s health care system, and to take questions and comments from the audience.

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Meet with Laura in Stamford 

Wednesday October 12th in Stamford at 7 pm at the Stamford Elementary School gym.  Looking forward to meeting with residents in Stamford to discuss the upcoming legislative session.  Hope to see you there!

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Economic Forums with candidates for Governor: Phil Scott and Sue Minter – hosted by the Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Chamber and Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation

 

October 13th – Q&A forum regarding the Vermont economy with gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott
Time: 1:30-2:30
Venue: Dover Town Hall (adjacent to the Dover Free Library)
Moderated by Joe Arnold and brought to you by the BDCC and the Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Chamber of Commerce
October 19th – Q&A forum regarding the Vermont economy with gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter.
Time: 1:30-2:30
Venue: Memorial Hall – Route 9 Wilmington, Vermont
Moderated by Joe Arnold and brought to you by the BDCC and the Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Chamber of Commerce

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Next Dover, Marlboro, Wardsboro Act 46 study committee meetings October 13th, 6:30 PM at Marlboro Elementary School.  Website posted with agendas, minutes and videos at http://wcsu-committee.blogspot.com/

Candidates Forums The Deerfield Valley Rotary and the Wardsboro Public Library have arranged two candidate forums where both I and my challenger will appear and answer questions from the audience.  This is an important opportunity to ask questions and hear the answers from both candidates.  Voters from Dover, Readsboro, Searsburg, Somerset, Stamford, Wardsboro,

Whitingham should feel welcome to attend either or both of these forums.
  • Thursday October 20th 7 pm at the
    Dover Town Hall
  • Friday October 28th 7pm at the Wardsboro Public Library

VtDigger has just published a piece which does a great job reflecting both my priorities and the priorities of my challenger which you may wish to consider as you research our campaigns and positions in advance of these forums and election day November 8th.

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Support Laura’s re-election

Thank you very much for the financial, volunteer, sign hosting and letters to the editor support to date as I seek re-election to continue representing Dover, Readsboro, Searsburg, Somerset, Stamford, Wardsboro and Whitingham. There is an important campaign finance reporting date coming up on Saturday Oct, 15th.

I have had to turn multiple campaign contributions away because as your independent state representative I continue to choose not to accept support from special interests, political parties or political action committees.

Unfortunately, special interests, political parties and political action committees are once again funding opposition to my campaign. And that is going to increase now with the end of the campaign in sight. I appreciate any level of support my constituents might be able to provide – every $10, $25 or $50 helps a lot! Donating is easy online here:https://laurasibiliavt.com/help-send-lauras-voice-to-montpelier/

Letter’s to the Editor are also a great way to show support and tell other voters why they should re-elect me.  Most of our towns read the Deerfield Valley News where support letters go to editor@vermontmedia.com with the exception of Stamford where folks would send support letters to the Berkshire Eagle directed to news@berkshireeagle.com

As always, if you need help or assistance don’t hesitate to call me at 384-0233 or email at lhsibilia@gmail.com.

Kind regards,
Rep. Laura Sibilia
State Representative
Dover, Readsboro, Searsburg, Somerset, Stamford, Wardsboro, Whitingham
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In memory…

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.

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SFC Jared Monti

 

It is impossible to know the angst of waiting that the military wife or husband, child, parent or sibling endure during a deployment, unless you have personally experienced it.  Family members hope and pray that those in power, sending their loved one into harms way, understand the value of the individual lives that have committed themselves to our country’s service.

Some never came home.

1441256_150159988691531_2033351250816443254_nTwo in particular have made an impression on me that will last the rest of my days.  SFC Jared Monti died saving the lives of a handful of his brothers, including one of my brothers.
I never met him, but I think of him often when I am with my brother’s children.

1LT Mark Dooley a police officer in our little valley, was killed during a deployment with the Vermont National Guard to Iraq.  The only time I had an opportunity to have a conversation with him I asked him to “take care of my little brother over there”.  Mark was one of 36 servicemen with ties to Vermont to lose their life during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

Please join me in taking a moment today to remember SFC Monti, 1LT Dooley and all who have perished while in service to our county.

How to see what bills I’ve co-sponsored and what roll call votes I’ve made

The Vermont Legislative website is brand new this year, and as frequent past visitor I feel qualified to say Vermonters are much better served!  This new site is very very user friendly.

This website makes it easy to see what bills a committee is considering, as well as the testimony that witnesses are providing, and who the witnesses are.  If you are interested in what the Healthcare, Education of Commerce Committee is doing on a certain day, simply go to their committee page.

You can also keep better tabs on your elected officials!  If you search for my name, it will bring you to my bio page, and at the bottom is a link to all of the bills I have agreed to co-sponsor.  (Co-sponsor means I either support the language in the bill, or I support a broader discussion and consideration of the language in the bill).  There is also a tab where you can see how I voted.  This is a little deceptive, as most votes are voice votes, and not roll call votes.  What you see recorded are the roll call votes.    Click here to see my page and links to legislation and voting.

Here’s to increased transparency!

Last day to register to vote for Laura is Wednesday October 29th

from www.VTDigger.org
from http://www.VTDigger.org

Registering to vote is easy – but you have to do it before Wednesday October 29th if you want to vote for me in the November 4th election!

See/speak to your friendly town clerk (they really are all friendly and helpful!) listed below to engage in this important part of our democracy:

Dover Town Clerk’s office is 102 Vermont Route 100 phone # 464-5100 ext. 2

Readsboro Town Clerk’s office is at 301 Phelps Avenue phone # 423-5405

Searsburg Town Clerk’s office is 18 Town Garage Road, Wilmington phone # 464-8081

Stamford Town Clerk’s office is 986 Main Road phone # 694-1361

Wardsboro Town Clerk’s office is 71 Main Street phone # 896-6055

Whitingham Town Clerk’s office is 2948 Vermont Route 100, Jacksonville phone # 368-7887

Sibilia campaign update

Campaign signs are in!
Email me at laurasibiliavt@gmail.com if you would like to host one

The candidates have been notified that two candidate forums for the district have been scheduled by the Deerfield Valley Rotary and the Deerfield Valley News:

Dover Town Hall on Wednesday, October 22, at 7 pm. The forum will include Windham County Senate candidates and the three candidates for the Windham-Bennington House district. The evening will include an opportunity for candidates to introduce themselves to voters, answer questions posed by a Rotary Club moderator, as well as questions from the audience.

Readsboro’s historic Bullock Building on Tuesday, October 28, at 7 pm. The forum will include the Bennington County Senate Candidates and the three candidates for the Windham-Bennington House district. The evening will include an opportunity for candidates to introduce themselves to voters, answer questions posed by a Rotary Club moderator, as well as questions from the audience.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the successful campaign fundraiser earlier this month – we exceeded our expectations for the day and had fun doing it!

I’ve recently been elected Windham County’s Associate Representative for the Vermont School Boards Association.  This organization is doing a great job educating school board members around the state about the impacts to the state education property tax with an easy to understand presentation on current educational spending data:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCorQL3gjio&feature=youtu.be

I’ll be writing again soon about how I think we need to address the education and property tax challenges in our state.

Last Sunday I attended the Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival and saw many old friends!  Back in 2007/2008 when I was at the chamber, we worked really hard to develop this “state” festival for our area.  There have been many challenges, including a need to develop legislation to allow bottle sales at festivals, the great recession and having to cancel the 2011 festival due to Tropical Storm Irene.  I’m so pleased to see it continuing to grow and thrive despite the challenges!

Lastly, I share the concerns I am hearing from voters about Vermont Health Connect.  This is a really big, really expensive challenge that Vermonter’s want done right.  The Governor’s continued refusal to tell us how he proposes to pay for single payer until after the election as well as the recent taking down of the Vermont Health Connect website for repairs are both causes for serious concern.  On the flip side, I think one of the things the Administration did really right in attempting to get a grip on this situation was putting former Agency of Commerce and Community Secretary Lawrence Miller in charge.   I’ve worked with Lawrence on flood recovery and the Windham Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, and I have a lot of respect for his capability, candor and energy.   If anyone can help devise a sensible way forward, and I am not convinced anyone can, it would be he.  I have reached out to him to ask when he or Commissioner Robin Lunge might be available to come and answer voters questions, and will let you know when and if they are able to come and take your questions.

I’m proud of the response the campaign has received so far and grateful for the time, talents and opinions of so many that have helped the campaign to date.  If you agree that we can do more for our district with fresh energy representing us, I’m asking for your vote BY November 4th (remember you can vote now!)

You can find information on upcoming events, all of my contact information, my snail mail address, ways to volunteer and lawn sign request form at my website.

Thank you!

Laura

Easy absentee balloting is available for the November 4th general election

Did you know the voting in this district has been so close there have been two recounts in the last 12 years? Did you know there are actually three people running in this election?  Yes, every vote is going to matter!

Town Clerk’s in Dover, Readsboro, Searsburg, Somerset, Stamford, Wardsboro, Whitingham have received ballots for the November 4th General election.

Are you going to be out of town, at college or otherwise unable to vote on November 4th? So easy to vote ahead of time!  This Vermont absentee ballot request form can be delivered, faxed, mailed or emailed to your town clerk’s office.

Dover Town Clerk’s office is 102 Vermont Route 100 phone # 464-5100 ext. 2

Readsboro Town Clerk’s office is at 301 Phelps Avenue phone # 423-5405

Searsburg Town Clerk’s office is 18 Town Garage Road, Wilmington phone # 464-8081

Stamford Town Clerk’s office is 986 Main Road phone # 694-1361

Wardsboro Town Clerk’s office is 71 Main Street phone # 896-6055

Whitingham Town Clerk’s office is 2948 Vermont Route 100, Jacksonville phone # 368-7887