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State agrees to ‘moral economy’ campaign request

Vermont Interfaith Action, Moral Economy
Vermont Interfaith Action has been urging state leaders to report how much it would cost to pay for all needed services — not necessarily so that total figure would be approved, but as a means to show the full extent of the demand and to spark discussion on what could and should be done.


Vermont reacts to shooting at Planned Parenthood in Colorado

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England was “inundated” with calls following the events in Colorado.


Running club to host documentary as benefit for opiate treatment program

Kristin Lundy
Since her son’s opiate overdose death, Kristin Lundy says she has been looking for ways to help other families avoid a similar loss.


Transportation officials: Cap-and-trade program would reduce car emissions

Automobile exhaust
Transportation accounted for 35 percent of the region’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2011, the most recent year for which such data was available. In Vermont, transportation fuel accounts for 47 percent of total energy emissions.


State and feds move closer on health care deal

New Health Care
Regulators say they are close to working out a deal with the federal government that would change the way the health care industry runs in Vermont.


Waitsfield real estate broker starts political party

51-year-old Neil Johnson of Waitsfield says the major political parties are not addressing the issues.


Southern Vermont mental health agency lays off a dozen

Chief Executive George Karabakakis said HCRS had a $400,000 deficit in the last fiscal year and was headed for the same this year.


Vermont committee launches to support Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina
Ten Vermonters have joined a leadership team to campaign for the former Hewlett Packard executive in the Green Mountains.


Special Reports and Projects

Cutting Class: A 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.

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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.

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VTD 411 - Cell Phone Ban

Eight facts you need to know about Vermont’s new cellphone law. A VTD-411

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Halfway Hotels

Halfway Hotels: Vermont’s Quick Fix for Homelessness. A VTDigger Investigation by Laura Krantz and Cory Dawson.

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2014 Election Candidate Listings

It’s election season again in Vermont. Need to know who’s running for state and county offices in your area? Try VTDigger’s candidate listings tool.

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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.

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A User's Guide to Vermont Health Connect

This special section explains how Vermont’s health care exchange works for individuals and small businesses. The guide includes interactive subsidy graphs, a navigator map and detailed information about subsidies, penalties and tax ramifications.

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Mary Alice Bisbee: Building a needs-based budget

It is during hard times when we need more money to address the needs of all Vermonters.

Debby Haskins: Task force findings on marijuana’s harm underreported

The task group’s work was framed as a “what if” question: What if marijuana were to be legalized? It was not framed as a done deal.

Greg Hamilton: Sen. Leahy, renew the AIDS fight

We need to build upon the successes we have made around the world to treat and prevent HIV, not go backwards.

Quote of the Day

“If the idea is to have meaningful participation, a two-hour webinar in the middle of the work day just doesn’t pass the laugh test.” – Sen. Anthony Pollina , of the online public input process.

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