Murphy Labor Award on September 3, 2015
Once upon a time
Labor and the Democratic Party walked together in a grand journey for all Americans. When Woodrow Wilson pushed for the right to vote for women, he turned for help to labor. When FDR wanted support for the New Deal, he turned to the unions. When LBJ wanted civil rights legislation, he turned to Walter Reuther and other labor leaders. more...
The condition of Route 100, even before Tropical Storm Irene, has been a concern to all of us. Because of the flood damage, my advocating for assistance was persistent enough to prompt Sue Minter, the Governor’s point person for Irene recovery, to greet me on numerous occasions by saying: “Hey, I haven’t forgotten Wardsboro.” Following the emergency road and bridge repairs, the need for the complete repaving of 100 became obvious, and the state hasn’t forgotten us.
Over two summers, the entire length of Route 100 in Wardsboro will be repaved and two major culverts will be replaced.
This summer, four miles, from the Stratton town line to just north of Lower Podunk, will be paved. Existing highway right-of-way will stay the same and no structure will be at risk. Next summer, the remainder of Route 100 in Wardsboro will be completed. The road, with drainage improvements, will be configured as it is now. During paving, the road will remain open, but there will be traffic delays.
Two culverts will be replaced this summer: Bridge 70 (just north of Fitts Road) and Bridge 73 ( just north of Gilfeather bridge). The culvert replacements will cause weekend road closures and detours: Bridge 70, August 22 thru August 25, and Bridge 73, September 5 thru September 8.
For anyone with questions, please contact Project Outreach Manager Jacquie Dagesse (who has already contacted Route 100 households) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-324-5522, or be in touch with me at email@example.com,
State Representative John Moran
Dover, Readsboro, Searsburg, Somerset, Stamford, Wardsboro and Whitingham
Dear Chamber Members:
Thank you for the opportunity to address you this morning.
From the No-Snow crisis in January, 2007, when I began as our district representative, through this recession, to the present escalating economic inequality nationwide, I have been concerned about our economy and its effects upon our employers and employees. more...
By John Moran March 18, 2015
A 90 year-old Florida man risks 60 days in jail and a $500 fine for feeding the homeless. “Drop that plate right now," the arresting police officer orders Arnold Abbott of Love Thy Neighbor as he hands food to a hungry person.
“Wherever this flag’s flown,” sings Bruce Springsteen, “we take care of our own.”
The purpose of government, whether state or national, is to protect and empower.
In Vermont, we protect and empower through our motto, freedom and unity.
For freedom from insecurity, we protect with police and fire departments, environmental and fiscal regulations, and monetary safety nets. For freedom to prosper, we empower with infrastructure, economic and workforce development, and cultural activities. Through unity in our budget, we must determine the needs of all Vermonters, and then, equitably, raise necessary revenues.
Our budget is a moral document. It states who we are; instead of arresting a ninety-year-old for feeding the homeless, we take care
of our own.
Choosing between food or medication or between feeding myself or my pet; not going out because I can’t afford a vehicle and public transportation is unavailable; weighing every purchase I make; or, living in constant dread that an unexpected expense is going to throw me into uncontrollable debt.
In the second oldest state, with 30% of our citizens over 55 (the fastest population increase being persons over 65) and many seniors finding it unaffordable to live in our district, financial security for my fellow seniors is to me a major concern.
Ideally social security, funded by worker contributions, provides for a decent retirement after a lifetime of labor. However, funding
and distribution prove less than ideal and expand growing economic inequality. During the work years, whole categories of employees, particularly women, are underpaid and thus receive less in retirement benefits. Meanwhile, the affluent, through regressive funding,
do not pay their fair share. Upon retirement, the well-to-do have a variety of incomes and social security is incidental, but for the
not-so-well-off social security is survival.
We need to join together in the fight for increased benefits; an eligibility age returned to 65; progressive funding; a more comprehensive medicare; supplemental payments to bring everyone to a livable income; and for Vermonters still in the work force
a living wage, equal pay for women, paid sick and family leave, affordable day care and a state sponsored retirement program.
Do not go gentle into that good night, says Dylan Thomas to his father.
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Let us not go gentle into underfunded retirement, but rage against a system that has many of us struggling to achieve what we paid for, a comfortable, productive and happy closing of our years.
The continuing trend of lower than expected revenues from personal income taxes has state officials worried that further adjustments will be needed in the current fiscal year budget. more...
Supporting the production and sales of local malt, wine and sprits is a major economic development focus of mine. more...
President Franklin Roosevelt stated in 1938: “No business which depends for its existence on paying less than living wages ...
has any right to continue in this country. By living wages ... I mean the wages of a decent living.” more...
WARDSBORO- Rep. John Moran has announced his intention to run for another term as representative of the Windham-Bennington House district. The district includes his hometown of Wardsboro, Dover, Searsburg, Somerset, Readsboro, Stamford, and a portion
Moran, who has held the office since he was elected in 2006, says he’s looking forward to another biennium to continue work on several issues the Legislature has been wrestling with. “I think I’ve accomplished a lot and laid the groundwork for a lot,” he says.
“And part of the process, what gets things done, is working together and developing coalitions.” more...
When President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, it was a different world than it is now. Work and family responsibilities were more gender determined, with men making up more than two-thirds of the workforce, and women predominately being responsible for the family. Today, women comprise half of the workforce, are still the primary family caretakers, and continue to be paid less than men for the same work. With today’s growing economic inequality, women also are more likely than men to be single parents in minimum wage jobs. Negative consequences for women are immediate in their struggle to provide for their children, and long term in their decreased social security benefits, seventy-five per cent of what men receive. more...
As it is an honor to be serving you at the State House, I would like to explain the legislative process and how constituents can become involved. more...
Rights and Democracy
March 9, 2016
Cedar Creek Room
Every town in Vermont voted for Senator Sanders in the recent Democratic primary.
Like Bernie, people are angry.
Oppressed by a rigged economy.
Working harder, longer hours for less pay. more...
By John Moran May 8, 2015
“Putting together a budget is never an easy task,” according to the governor in a recent letter, as he likens the state to families deciding between “groceries and medicine,” so to “live within their means.”
Vermont statutes state: The budget should “be instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people...and recognize every person's need for health, housing, dignified work, education, food, social security, and a healthy environment.” more...
By John Moran January 12, 2016
Now is the time for Vermont to join Bernie Sanders’ political revolution: To go from the 1776 guaranteeing life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, through the New Deal creating the middle class, to today’s delivering the American Promise to all. According to our Declaration of Independence, government is instituted to secure our unalienable rights, and in a democracy, government is guided
by our cultural, social, ethical, political and economic values. Although no value is superior, at the expense of the others, a robust economy is essential to our Vermont revolution. more...