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State cuts could cause libraries to lose federal funding

Books line the shelves at Aldrich Public Library in Barre. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger
State librarians say proposed spending cuts have a ripple effect that will force the elimination of library services.

 

Legislative preview: Lawmakers tackle pollution, budget, health care this week

Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains in New York as seen from the waterfront in Burlington. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger
House lawmakers expected to make changes in water quality bill, while Senate turns attention to taxing and spending.

 

VTDigger exclusive: State raises questions about AnC Bio finances

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An affiliated South Korean company began taking steps to extend its operations to Vermont not long after AnC Bio Korea ran into serious financial difficulties.

 

UVM to start new ‘on-ramp to medical school’ master’s program

University of Vermont College of Medicine. Photo courtesy of UVM.
Trustees approve two new programs -- a master's in medical science, and a first-ever online undergraduate health sciences degree completion program.

 

Dry cask storage safe, at least for the short term, expert says

The dry cask storage units outside of the Vermont Yankee plant. Photo by Laura Frohn, News21.org
Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel questions Jay Tarzia, the chair if the New Hampshire State Radiation Advisory Committee, on the safety of dry cask storage of spent nuclear fuel.

 

New Waterbury rules strive to protect from future floods

A bucket loader leaves a wake along Route 2 in Waterbury. VTD/Josh Larkin
Extensively damaged by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, Waterbury is crafting new rules aimed to minimize flooding but not impede development.

 

Vermont grapples with e-cigarette legislation — from taxes to manufacturing and marketing

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In Vermont, as in other states and across the nation, lawmakers are raising questions about e-cigarettes that science has yet to answer. That’s not stopping some from pushing for restrictions on the products.

 

House passes budget, tax bills

Paul Poirier
House lawmakers fended off a series of amendments Friday in approving a $1.47 billion general fund spending package for fiscal year 2016. They also passed a tax bill that raises $33.2 million in new revenue.

 

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Commentary

Suzi Wizowaty: Repairing and reforming the justice system

This spring, Vermont has the opportunity to take large steps backward or forward in the area of criminal justice. S.9, the well-intended but anti-family “child protection” bill, takes the state…

John McClaughry: A disappointing budget with a silver lining

New provisions indicate that a long overdue new era of serious responsibility in state taxing and spending may soon be at hand.

Chris Donnelly: Housing and the workforce

Is there a compelling interest in creating affordable housing for working people?

Quote of the Day

“We have promised Vermonters we’re going to try to rein in spending and put Vermont on a better fiscal path. If this miscellaneous tax bill goes down, the alternative is higher taxes.” — Minority Leader Rep. Don Turner, R-Milton

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  • Peter Everett commented on Vermont grapples with e-cigarette legislation — from taxes to manufacturing and marketing: I guess that defines our government, huh? (...)
  • Patrick Zachary commented on Shumlin announces plan to end family, childhood homelessness by 2020: This is great. This is an important goal. Jus (...)
  • James Mason commented on Vermont grapples with e-cigarette legislation — from taxes to manufacturing and marketing: "H.171 calls for the same bans on smoking in (...)
  • Linda Sienkiewicz commented on Vermont grapples with e-cigarette legislation — from taxes to manufacturing and marketing: That is why I purchase my products from Vermo (...)
  • Rich Lachapelle commented on House passes budget, tax bills: Also dont see ANY mention of cuts to Shumlin' (...)
  • Glenn Thompson commented on Dry cask storage safe, at least for the short term, expert says: Annette Smith, "What I recall is these storag (...)
  • Bill Godshall commented on Vermont grapples with e-cigarette legislation — from taxes to manufacturing and marketing: In sharp contrast to claims by many clueless (...)
  • Wayne Andrews commented on Eve Frankel: Spending caps won’t keep a lid on costs: Our current legislators run around trying to (...)
  • Kathy Leonard commented on Dry cask storage safe, at least for the short term, expert says: Kai, I agree. After we are gone there will be (...)
  • Randy Jorgensen commented on House passes budget, tax bills: Perhaps we should stop the exclusion of sales (...)
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