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MONTPELIER - Vermont lawmakers are attempting to change the way Vermont pays for education as part of a wide-ranging tax package. The Vermont House of Representatives started their work this year by responding to the federal tax bill, which will have cascading effects on the state level this year.
The federal government also has different standards than Vermont. The historic covered bridges count as functionally obsolete. They-- along with many other town bridges-- are too narrow and have a lower clearance than more modern bridges. Time is also working against VTrans. Many of Vermont's ...

A package of gun restrictions is on track to become law in Vermont after the state Senate on Friday approved raising the legal age for gun purchases, expanding background checks for private gun sales and banning high-capacity magazines and rapid-fire devices known as bump stocks. The measure ...
Since Vermont's income tax is tied to the federal tax, some Vermonters could in fact find themselves paying more at the state level as a result of the recent ... The $500 million dollar question is: Will Vermont simply stand by while the federal government takes from Vermont's poor and gives to the rich?
When Vermont was predominantly a Republican state up until the mid-1960s, it would be common for two Republicans to face off for House Speaker. In those days the Democrats made up less than 25 percent of the House. And then in 1995 two Democrats squared off, Mike Obuchowski and Peter Mallory, ...
MONTPELIER - The Vermont House of Representatives has approved a program that would give schools up to $25,000 each for security upgrades such as locks and surveillance cameras. Lawmakers are prepared to spend up to $4 million on the upgrades in the coming year. State leaders expect the U.S. ...

Willinston – Chewing on Leadership is hosted by Vermont leaders and creates a potent platform for relevant questions and meaningful dialogue about what inspires us in our work and ways to impact leaders and changemakers across Vermont. This 60-minute conversation will examine difficult ...
In 2016, when Shumlin was on his way out, the Vermont Democratic Party added universal background checks to its platform, but background checks gained little traction in the Democratic-led Statehouse. The influential Senate Judiciary Committee was opposed, 3-2, and there seemed to be little political ...
After a four-year tenure in which she oversaw one of the most substantial school-governance overhauls in state history, Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe is departing state government. Gov. Phil Scott announced Tuesday that Holcombe gave her notice at the end of last week, and that ...
Commissioner of Public Safety Thomas Anderson says a 2014 investigation by the Vermont State Police's Internal Affairs Unit found no evidence that a ... Stowe attorney Russell Barr said he has information that a Vermont government official was arrested for sexual misconduct while traveling on official ...
MONTPELIER - The Vermont Senate split Wednesday over whether non-white Vermonters should lead efforts to reduce racism in state government. The proposal, S. 281, would create a Civil Rights Advisory Panel, which would oversee work to eradicate systemic racism in state government. The bill would ...
Moving on to the Green Mountain State, VTDigger says that a new law to deal with guns which find their way into the state's possession (following the death of the owner, for example) could clear the way for the Vermont government to sell guns. The state government apparently has over 1,100 firearms in its ...
The question of whether Vermont government leaders were complicit in the massive Jay Peak Resort fraud case was argued in court for the first time Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 in Vermont Superior Court in Hyde Park. RYAN MERCER and APRIL MCCULLUM/FREE PRESS.
Rumors of illegal activity by a Vermont government official while on official EB-5 business in China have been swirling for years: In the summer of 2014, Brady Toensing, now the vice-chair of the Vermont Republican Party, filed a request for any documents related arrest of state official in China. He received ...
That bill is going nowhere — just like a proposal last year to require all Vermont towns to either provide their own police coverage or contract with county sheriff's departments or other local departments to do the job. The bills emerged from the Senate Government Operations Committee, which has spent ...
"Two weeks ago, they had a sale in Vermont. Nice heifers. Five-six months breed. Nine-hundred dollars. Normally, around ($)2000. Cut right in half." Perrin said. With the forecast for 2018 not looking much better, more help from the federal government is on the way. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ...
"At number ten, we have Vermont closing out our list of states with the best average value returned per tax dollar. Despite paying a relatively large sum in taxes, Vermonters get back more than they pay, with state and local government spending in the top five nationally in categories such as education, ...

MONTPELIER - Cracked tail lights and tinted windows could get off the list of problems that cause Vermont vehicles to fail inspection under new rules being drafted by the Department of Motor Vehicles. The work comes one year after Vermont digitized its annual inspection process, ditching the paper slips ...
The health care market in the United States has grown as a result of the presence of free-market competition and innovation, not government regulation. Allowing Vermont's CON laws to persist would increase the cost of health care while limiting access and benefitting those with political connections.
Forty-two years ago, Vermont adopted the Public Records Act, a groundbreaking law that ensured the public got to see most records of state, municipal, and school governments. It was pretty tight, with fewer than 30 exemptions allowing information to be kept secret. No more. In the years since 1976, the ...
March 11-17 is Sunshine Week, a national celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. All across Vermont new board members and other town and city officials are being sworn in and taking their seats for the first time. I am thankful for the many Vermonters ...
I am a senior citizen, but proper health care coverage is a universal need for all Vermont residents, of all ages and walks of life. In Medicare Plan B, under the federal government, there remain deductions, co-pays, and ancillary expenses that are unpredictable and beyond the resources of Medicare ...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Legal marijuana users in Vermont may want to invest in an air freshener. The Burlington Free Press reports lawmakers are currently considering a bill that could allow cities and towns to classify marijuana odor as a "public nuisance" and a ticketable offense. Current law prohibits ...
MONTPELIER - Vermont legislators are on track to take a weeklong break for Town Meeting Day after progress on gun legislation, but not final agreements that would allow Gov. Phil Scott to sign a bill. The Senate voted Friday to raise the legal age for purchasing a firearm to 21. Minors younger than that ...
Every move to impose another cost to accessing public documents brings the idea of open government in Vermont closer to a pay-to-play proposition. Secretary of State Jim Condos came out strongly against allowing government to charge for inspecting public records. In an email sent to Vermont news ...
“In the present case of aircraft noise, the mayor and the City Council have failed to execute the police power of government to protect area homes,” Simpson said at a City Council meeting in January. According to Clark, the guard expects to land a few jets in Vermont this year before the F-35s are officially ...
Vermont lawmakers have introduced a bill that could allow local governments to classify marijuana smell as a "public nuisance" and ticketable offense. March 2, 2018, at 4:49 a.m.. Lawmakers ... The House Committee on Government Operations will vote on the bill Friday. If approved, it would go into affect July 2, 2018. ___.
A Vermont police department is warning that there appears to be a strong batch of illegal drugs circulating in the community. Barre police say there have been seven overdoses in the last week, including one fatality. Police say they have no specifics on the packing or markings to distinguish the drug, ...
As we approach another year of this Vermont tradition, are you feeling behind on the issues people have been talking about around the state? ... your Town/City Clerk! https://t.co/qRvLAf2Zcw For most towns, Town Meeting Day Elections will take place next Tuesday - help shape your local government!
A bill under consideration in the House of Representatives would allow Vermont cities and towns to classify marijuana odor as a "public nuisance," a ... my life," said South Burlington Police Chief Trevor Whipple, who spoke in favor of the bill Thursday at the House Committee on Government Operations.
MONTPELIER - Members of the Vermont Senate broke a policy stalemate Thursday as they gave preliminary approval to a bill requiring background checks for private gun sales. The vote was 17-13, with six Democrats joining the Senate's seven Republican members in opposition. The proposal had been ...
MONTPELIER - With legal adult-use marijuana on the horizon, Vermont lawmakers are taking another look at a bill that would allow police to take a saliva sample from drivers who seem impaired. H. 237 would let police use a roadside saliva test to screen for the presence of drugs, including cannabis.
Vermont senators have revived a long-stalled effort to limit corporate cash in state elections. Last week, the Senate Government Operations Committee advanced a bill that would prohibit corporations from donating directly to candidates, clearing the way for a vote before the full Senate this week.
According to records on file at the Vermont Department of Human Resources, people of color have filed 35 formal complaints of racial harassment or employment discrimination against state workers, or the government agencies they work for, over the past five years. The complaints span 12 departments ...
When Vermont's General Fund Needed More Money, Lawmakers Raided The Medical Marijuana Program. By Emily Corwin • Feb 13, 2018. Related Program: ... Right now, the Vermont government is running — in small part — on medical marijuana patients' registration fees. This fact has some medical marijuana patients ...
by Secretary of State Jim Condos March 11-17 is Sunshine Week, a national celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. All across Vermont new board members and other town and city officials are being sworn in and taking their seats for the first time.
MONTPELIER - The Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a process for ordering people to relinquish guns and explosives if they are deemed at risk of violence or suicide. The bill gained new urgency after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and an alleged plot of violence at Fair Haven ...
Dozens of foreign investors whose money was misused in a massive EB-5 fraud scheme in Vermont can reinvest their capital in Macklowe Properties' 1 Wall ... Earlier this month, Quiros agreed to pay back $81 million in a settlement with the government, paving the way for a sale of the Vermont resorts.
Thirty percent of Vermont-resident patient EHRs are now included in the health information exchange — up from 19 percent before the review. ... or operators, and what the transitional impact would be on our health reform efforts, healthcare system, and Vermont state government,” she told the committee.
The Nulhegan Basin was acquired in 1999 as part of Vermont's largest-ever conservation effort — coordinated by the state of Vermont, the federal government, and an assortment of private interests — to conserve a total of 132,000 acres of northern forest, lake and bog, in the state's most remote and ...
Montpelier – “I am deeply troubled by the recent reports of racial discrimination and harassment at the Vermont Psychiatric Hospital and across State of ... Let me be absolutely clear: Racism, harassment, and discrimination has no place in our medical facilities, our government, our communities, or our state.
Public record requests to Vermont state government could become more accessible after Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that those requests to his office and the responses will be posted on the attorney general's website. Other state agencies are considering similar moves. "I just think ...
Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says public record requests and his office's responses will be posted on the attorney general's website. ... MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Public record requests to Vermont state government could become more accessible after Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan ...
Gov. Phil Scott, who as recently as Thursday declined to support any changes to Vermont's gun laws, now says he is open to having the discussion after an 18-year-old was accused of planning a shooting at a Fair Haven high school. “As governor, I have a responsibility to provide for the safety of our ...
In Vermont, for instance, some 2,400 seniors pick up their boxes at local food pantries, senior housing sites or food bank facilities, said John Sayles, CEO of Vermont Foodbank. Sometimes, the group sets up "tailgates" at parking lots, where the elderly can get their packages and other items such as fresh ...
“A lot of individuals across the United States could have their information stolen, and I think that's the biggest worry here, is putting it all into a single database,” Gannon says. Many House Democrats were also worried about the federal government improperly using citizens' data to purge them from the voter ...
According to records on file at the Vermont Department of Human Resources, people of color have filed 35 formal complaints of racial harassment or employment discrimination against state workers, or the government agencies they work for, over the past five years. The complaints span 12 departments ...
“It's heartening to see so many dedicated volunteers willing to give of their time to make a difference in the lives of Vermont youth,” said Daniel Glanville, Vice President of Government, Regulatory and Community Affairs for Comcast's Western New England Region, who presented the award to Hyde.
Acknowledging the years of work and collaboration across all branches of state government, multiple administrations, with Vermont's Congressional delegation and federal partners, and in the public and private sectors, Gov. Scott said, “we have made much progress in Vermont – much of it with the support ...
MONTPELIER - Vermont school districts are proposing lower spending than state officials had feared, and the new numbers could mitigate an expected property tax increase. The Agency of Education has gathered data about 112 proposed school budgets, out of a total of 176 budgets that local voters will ...


 

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