Christopher Pearson

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House gives final approval to school district consolidation bill

MONTPELIER — A bill that proposes to merge school districts and potentially cap education spending is on its way to the Senate. House lawmakers approved a bill Thursday that would create larger school districts — voluntarily or involuntarily — and cap future education spending if it increase more than it did when voters approved their school budgets in March. The spending cap component of the bill — created through an amendment from Rep. Sarah Buxton, D-Tunbridge, and approved by House lawmakers Wednesday — would trigger a 2-percent spending cap in 2017 and 2018 if the statewide average education spending increase in 2016 exceeds 2.95 percent, the average rate of growth for budgets approved by voters last month. As they did Wednesday, lawmakers offered a host of amendments to the bill. Rep. Christopher Pearson, P-Burlington, made a motion to reconsider the Buxton amendment. Continue Reading →

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New law proposed to aid investigations of gasoline price fixing

MONTPELIER — Lawmakers will consider a bill to collect data to see if drivers are facing price fixing at the gas pump. Rep. Christopher Pearson, P-Burlington, will introduce a bill that would require gas distributors to disclose how much fuel they deliver to a filling station. The effort comes as his region continues to see some of the highest gas prices in the state, and provides some of the highest profit margins of any region in the United States. “This is not an outlier phenomenon,” Pearson said. “When you start digging into it, you see something is going on.”

Pearson’s remarks came Thursday evening during a joint session of the House Transportation and Commerce Committees. Continue Reading →

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