“I don’t know about you, but I know that down in the Marble Valley our women know how to handle themselves, frankly, with a firearm. You could make a very real argument that taking … a firearm from a home could actually make a woman or a victim less safe.” — Rep. Job Tate, R-Mendon, arguing against a bill allowing temporary confiscation of firearms in domestic violence situations

“I think it’s a good process. Some might view it as very cumbersome. I don’t see it that way. I think it’s the right way to do it.” — NorthStar CEO Scott State, on its quest to purchase, decommission and clean up the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant

“The governor’s proposed budget is built on a house of cards. We know that. He shirked his responsibility to put a balanced budget on the table,” House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, on the Legislature’s efforts to balance the state budget. They are asking Scott for ideas to close an $18 million gap.

“If anything sets me off, it’s that, how many times do you hear, ‘We have to save small Vermont farms, they’re the fabric of our being.’” — Mary Saceric-Clark, who with her son Robbie Clark Jr. is trying to save their Milky Way Farm from having to be auctioned off.

“It could literally be more expensive than the Affordable Care Act and accomplish less. We just don’t know.” — Jeff Tieman, CEO of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, on the Republicans’ proposed American Health Act

“Look, Washington has lost its way right now, and we have to come out of the darkness and into the light,” Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., meeting with constituents in Bennington on Monday

“I cannot chaperone my daughter’s field trips. She’s 9, and that’s something that she doesn’t understand, and I don’t think there’s a way really to explain that to a 9-year-old.” — Maghon Luman, who served a seven-month prison sentence for a nonviolent offense more than five years ago, at a press conference on sentencing reform.

“Our view is that if we stand for anything, it’s the free exchange of ideas,” said Bill Burger, vice president of communications at Middlebury College, on the upcoming talk by controversial speaker Charles Murray

“Our hilltop is no Camel’s Hump and our wind turbines will look much better than the communications towers and Federal Aviation dome that cover nearby hilltops.” — Travis Belisle, developer of Swanton Wind, in an email in response to the Northwest Regional Planning Commission’s opposition to the wind project

“This is a critical issue. To say people are nervous is an understatement.” — Dave Chappelle, a consultant on labor and management in the dairy industry, on Vermont farmworkers’ fears about immigration enforcement under Trump

“Right now coffee roasters all over the United States are in fear of Donald Trump’s proposed (20 percent) import tax from Mexico, because we buy a lot of coffee from Mexico. We thought this was a crazy Republican idea. The idea that it might be a crazy Democrat idea is unique to Vermont.” Paul Ralston, president of Vermont Coffee Co. and former legislator, on the idea of a tax on coffee

“Saint-Gobain has apparently used a summons to notify you of its suit filed against the State, serving a copy of this complaint as a courtesy to interested persons who commented on the PFOA related changes to the Vermont Hazardous Waste and Groundwater Protection Rules … We want to express our sincerest apologies for any confusion and distress that this may have caused. If you have questions you should feel free to reach out to me.” — Department of Environmental Conservation counsel Matt Chapman to Bennington residents who received a summons from Saint-Gobain in its lawsuit against the state of Vermont

“It’s sort of like decrim 2.0.” — Rep. Maxine Grad, D-Moretown, about proposed legislation that would decriminalize possession of up to two ounces of marijuana by adults

“After giving Sessions the benefit of the doubt, there’s too much doubt.” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on his decision to vote against attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions