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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.


Boy severely injured in Amtrak accident identified

Nicolas Siciliano
A Valley News story reported that the pair had decided to walk across the bridge because they were intrigued by a legend, according to which the bridge was haunted by a child whose life was one of more than 30 lost in an 1887 train wreck on the same bridge.


Rumble Strip Vermont: Our School

In this audio commentary, conversationalist Erica Heilman interviews local leaders in rural areas who worry Act 46 will lead to an erosion of their community.


U.S. solicitor general, 18 states and Harvard back Vermont in health data case

Bill Sorrell
The Supreme Court will decide whether the state of Vermont can force an insurance company to hand over data regarding health insurance claims. A ruling on the matter is expected next year.


New Moran has ambitious plans for Burlington’s waterfront

Moran Plant Cooke Crockenberg Tipper
Can two young UVM alums and their partner pull off the $33.7 million renovation of the former coal-fired power plant?


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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