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Senate Appropriations on track to pass budget next week

Jane Kitchel
+-*Senate Appropriations aims to pass the budget bill out on Monday, and plans to get the bill through the Senate by the end of next week. Sen. Jane Kitchel said the fate of H.490 depends on what the Senate Finance Committee does with the revenue package.


Senate Finance considers extension of sales tax to services and candy, soda, bottled water

Tim Ashe
+-*In 2016, the sales tax would be lowered from 4.75 percent to 6 percent and apply to all consumer services.


Mullin offers proposal to address Medicaid cost shift

Sen. Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland. File photo by Hilary Niles/
+-*The Shumlin administration supports the effort but says the "preferred revenue source" would still be a payroll tax — which Mullin said he will not support.


YWP: Unpredictable

Erin Lashway is a junior at Mount Mansfield Union High School. Courtesy photo
+-*This week's Young Writers Project entry is "Unpredictable" by Erin Lashway, a junior at Mount Mansfield Union High School.


House panel passes sales tax on soda, candy to buy down property tax rate

Adam Greshin
+-*Until now soda and candy have both been exempt from the state’s 6 percent sales tax, but both the House and the Senate are proposing an expansion of the tax.


SCOV Law Blog: A question of domicile

+-*This case is about a taxpayer appealing a decision from the Commissioner of Taxes, who held the Taxpayer failed to prove a change of domicile to obtain a homestead property tax adjustment on his Vermont residence.


Vermont GOP calls for independent counsel to investigate Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell. Photo by Roger Crowley
+-*“As I’ve said repeatedly I try very hard to be in compliance with our campaign finance laws,” Bill Sorrell said, adding that he would “fully comply” with any investigation that is undertaken.


Secretary of Administration: Fewer than 50 RIFs of state workers likely

Justin Johnson
+-*In total, Johnson expects that 300 positions will be eliminated across the state — although he noted that many of those positions will likely be vacant posts.


Digger Projects

Cutting Class: A Special VTDigger Investigation

Declining enrollment in Vermont’s public schools is at a breaking point: The state’s student population has dropped by 21,000 since 1997, and population projections show continuing declines through at least 2030.

Declining enrollment, rising school spending: The data behind the crisis. An investigation by Amy Ash Nixon, Diane Zeigler and Hilary Niles. Visit project

2015 Legislative Guide

Your go-to resource for the 2015 Vermont legislative session . Visit project

2015 VTDigger/Castleton Institute Poll

The 2015 VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey of 700 Vermonters found support for Gov. Peter Shumlin flagging, but showed an interest in gun regulations and tax options. See the complete results here. Visit project

2014 Election Micro-Site

The 2014 midterm elections are here. Access our comprehensive coverage, including debate archives, candidate profiles, side-by-side comparisons, campaign finance connections, and more. Visit project

VTDigger's Legislator Lookup

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Campaign Finance Database

VTDigger's Campaign Finance Database allows you to find out who gives to political campaigns and how candidates raise money in Vermont.

For the first time, and at no cost to taxpayers, users can easily search for donors and candidates by name, quickly retrieve aggregated totals, and explore business and family connections between donors. Visit project

VTDigger / Castleton Institute Poll

The VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute poll is based on data from 682 interviews drawn from a random sample of registered voters in Vermont. Interviews were conducted by phone by from March 31 to April 7, 2014. Thirteen percent of interviews were conducted with registered voters on cellphones. The data reported are weighted based on estimations of the population of Vermont registered voters to account for differential in response rates among age groups. Visit project


Marc Sherman: Legislature needs to see cumulative effect

+-*Businesses need the Vermont Legislature to not push any harder and let us recover from the still lagging economy.

Chris Donnelly: Affordable housing’s economic ripple effect

+-*According to the National Association of Home Builders, for every 10 apartments built, 12.2 construction-related jobs are created. After they are built, the people in them support another three jobs…

Don Keelan: College debt — a pending disaster?

+-*It appears that the amount of college debt is now at an astounding $1.1 trillion and growing.

Quote of the Day

“I think just having a discussion about carbon reduction and not having a full discussion about how we responsibly site these new, large renewable projects is irresponsible.” — Sen. John Rodgers, D-Essex/Orleans on a resolution acknowledging man-made climate change

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