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FairPoint favors business customers when making repairs, state consultant says

A Fairpoint Communications truck makes its way down State Street in Montpelier. VTD/Josh Larkin
+-*Consultant for the Department of Public Service says the landline company “barely” met Public Service Board goals to remedy about two-thirds of customer problems within 24 hours.

 

Alleged taxi assault raises questions about the new sharing economy

Photo by Nicola Romagna/via Creative Commons
+-*Vermont communities wrestling with how to ensure as safety as Internet businesses such as Uber and Airbnb become more prevalent.

 

Agency of Education completes educator equity plan

Amy Fowler, deputy secretary of the Vermont Agency of Education, speaks during the Legislative session to the House Education Committee about educator equity in Vermont. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger
+-*Survey looks at the impact of less-experienced teachers in high-poverty areas of Vermont.

 

Legislative Wrap: Lobbyist disclosure tops transparency effort

Secretary of State Jim Condos. Photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger
+-*The Vermont Legislature passed bills on lobbyist reporting, same-day voter registration and public records access.

 

Vermont joins international climate change pact

NYC Climate march, Sept. 21, 2014. Photo by Don Hooper
+-*Vermont joined 11 other states, cities and provinces Thursday to make an nonbinding commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent to 95 percent of 1990 levels by 2050.

 

YWP: Joey’s Biggest Mistake

YWP Ezra Marks Feat
+-*This week's Young Writers Project entry is "Joey’s Biggest Mistake" by Ezra Marks, a freshman at Middlebury Union High School.

 

SCOV Law Blog: An appeal for bail

Gavel
+-*Three justices of the Supreme Court consider whether to affirm a lower court's ruling to hold without bail a man accused of felony aggrevated domestic assault.

 

VTDigger has $23,566 left to raise in 9 days

Anne Galloway, left, Morgan True, and Elizabeth Hewitt at the Statehouse on the day before adjournment of the 2015 legislative session.
+-*Help us end our membership drive by May 31.

 

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

Enter your address in VTDigger's Legislative Lookup to find your lawmakers and learn more about them, including biographical and contact information, sponsored bills, voting records, committee memberships and campaign finance details. Visit project

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

Commentary

Roi Ankori-Karlinsky: Expelling our kids to prison

+-*School discipline policies, both nationwide and here in Vermont, are hurting our students, our teachers, our safety and our wallets.

Don Rendall: Gas pipeline opponents miss the big picture

+-*The cost of home heating is a challenge for too many Vermonters. Our aim is to offer more households a practical, affordable choice.

Tom Pelham: The budget gap — part real, part malarky?

+-*Unfortunately, the “budget gap” has replaced the concept of “sustainable spending” that reliably guided Govs. Snelling, Dean and Douglas.

Quote of the Day

“I could have killed it, but I’m not going to do that. Sometimes it’s tough to be a leader and a statesman.” — Sen. John Campbell, D-Windsor, on the passage of a renewable energy bill

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