AARP Speaks out on Vermont Gas System Pipeline Cost Overrun: Are Regulators Watching out for Ratepayers?

Posted on 12/19/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy “Today we learned of yet another significant cost overrun on the Vermont Gas Systems Phase 1 pipeline project to the tune of $33 million. This comes on top of a $35 million increase announced this summer. AARP Vermont is calling on Vermont’s Dept. of Public Service and the Public Service Board to give close scrutiny to today’s announcement since it is current ratepayers in Chittenden and Franklin Counties that will be footing the bill. The public deserves to know what …

New VT Law — Put Down the Cell Phone While Driving!

Posted on 09/11/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy It’s time to put down the cell phone….at least when you’re behind the wheel. On October 1st a new handheld device law goes into effect impacting all drivers on Vermont roads.  It is already illegal for any driver to text while driving or to use a portable electronic or computing device in a work zone, and for drivers under age 18 to use a handheld device anywhere. But on October 1, that ban will be extended to all drivers everywhere …

Burlington’s Road to Sustainability

Posted on 09/3/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy   Sustainable Communities by Bruce Seifer Burlington is the largest municipality in the state of Vermont by far. Situated on the edge of Lake Champlain, the city boasts a hospital, five colleges, and quality-of-life amenities that include a bike path, a boat house, historic architecture, a marina, and parks. But it wasn’t always so ideal. When I first began working for the municipal government over 30 years ago, this city of 37,894 was on the decline. Bernard Sanders had just …

North Avenue: A Complete Street in the Making

Posted on 07/21/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy If you live in or around Burlington, chances are you have driven North Avenue.  This important street is the backbone of the New North End as well as a key connection between the New North End and the Waterfront and Downtown. What is less likely is that you have biked North Avenue, or walked along it for any distance.    Over the last year or so, a group of citizens and municipal staff have been working hard on the “North …

Get the Inside Scoop On Scams and Fraud in VT

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy AARP knows that fraud will never be eliminated entirely, but there is a lot more that can be done to arm consumers with tools to detect and avoid fraud.  That’s why AARP launched its Fraud Watch Network because of the serious fraud threats here in Utah, where it’s a multi-billion dollar industry, as it is all across the country.  Fraud isn’t just limited to “too good to be true” offers.  According to recent report by Javelin Strategy and Research, more …

Speak Up!! Hearing on Housing in Burlington Set for June 12

Posted on 06/6/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Advocacy Let’s talk about housing needs in Burlington!  The Mayor’s office recently released a comprehensive housing strategy report outlining a number of recommendations to improve and grow the housing stock in downtown Burlington, addressing issues of affordability and availability.  Appropriate and affordable housing is a key component to the development of a livable community.  The first opportunity for the public to weigh in on the report is June 12 at 7 p.m. in Contois Auditorium at City Hall.