DMV offices close/ Balint withdraws MTG censure/ UVM freezes instate tuition

The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicle offices will be closed to the public Nov. 8-14 to implement a computer system upgrade and conduct employee training.

In addition, there will be no online vehicle registration renewals or replacements from Nov. 5-12.

All other online services will be available, but credit card payment processing may be delayed, according to a DMV news release. Customers will be able to use the online scheduling system to make appointments for after the offices reopen for in-person business.

Central VT Recovery Officer named – Gov. Phil Scott has appointed Patricia Moulton as Central Vermont Recovery Officer. This is the latest step in building out the organizational infrastructure for the long-term recovery process following this summer’s flooding.

“Central Vermont experienced a particularly high concentration of damage as a result of the storm,” said VT Chief Recovery Officer Doug Farnham. “This damage was layered on top of challenges we were already facing recovering from the pandemic and decades of housing, economic, and demographic decline in some regions of our state.” 

Moulton most recently served as president of Vermont Technical College and previously was the secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. As secretary, she facilitated the expansion of many Vermont companies, helped attract new companies, and assisted in rebuilding Vermont after Tropical Storm Irene and helped create the nation’s first statewide comprehensive economic development strategy that has led to millions in federal grants for Vermont.  

UVM instate tuition frozen, room & board and fees up – The University of Vermont Board of Trustees Nov. 1 approved a 3.5 percent increase in tuition for out-of-state students and extended the instate tuition freeze that has been in place since 2019, a UVM spokesman said. The rate package includes increases in fees for all students and room and board rates, and new program fees for undergraduate students in costly majors including Nursing and Health Sciences, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, and Business.

Balint withdraws Taylor-Greene censure resolution – Earlier this month, at a time when Vermont needed Republican House member assistance with flood recovery funding, Rep. Becca Balint introduced a resolution censuring Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor-Greene. Balint this week withdrew the resolution, VTDigger reports. Asked if withdrawing the resolution would help her standing with conservative allies of Greene, she reportedly said, “no, they’re not going to work with me anyway.”

Derrik Jordan plays the Bridgewater Barn – southern Vermont musician Derrik Jordan will offer a Sound Healing and Meditation event Saturday November 11 in Bridgewater at the Bridgewater Barn from 3-4:30 pm. He will be playing 5 string electric violin, kamale ngoni and kalimba. Donations accepted. To reserve a spot email or call 802-279-7508.

Help catch poachers – Vermont Game Wardens are asking Vermonters with information about fish and wildlife crimes to submit them through the Operation Game Thief program, a joint nonprofit program sponsored by the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and administered by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. Reporting law violators tollfree at 1-800-752-5378 24/7/365. Rewards are paid for information leading to arrests. 

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  1. Is this the same upgrade the dmv has been doing for 15 years now?

    And how many recovery officers do we need?

  2. Right Rep Balint, you mean like the same way you worked (ie ignored) with Republicans in this state.

  3. Will Balint turn over the money she received in campaign donations from Sam Bankman Freid now that he was convicted of fraud in his Crypto scheme?

  4. Ms Balint is a dingbat, and can’t conjure up any original thoughts. She’s a novice in the House of Representatives (she’s also out of her depth) and I’m sure someone in the progressive liberal democrat ranks is mandating what she says or does not say. She’s right about one thing, though. The conservatives, “…they’re not going to work with her anyway…” Because, well, she’s a dingbat…