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On the issues: Where the candidates for governor stand

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VTDigger’s beat reporters compare the views of Dan Feliciano, Scott Milne and Peter Shumlin on health care, the environment, criminal justice and the economy.

 

Health officials: VT Ebola case highly unlikely, but state is prepared

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Trainings for health care providers emphasize asking patients about travel history and use of personal protective gear.

 

State employee health plan premiums to increase 17.9 percent

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State officials blame "greater than expected" high cost claims and premature "premium holidays" for wiping out an anticipated $30 million surplus as well as millions in reserve funds.

 

Burlington College to sell 25 acres to real estate developer

A proposed housing development on land owned by Burlington College would be built near the treeline overlooking Lake Champlain. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger
Plans include 60 units of affordable housing, 75 units of senior housing and 300 units of market-rate housing. College to receive the equivalent of $7 million.

 

Vermont utilities could lose millions of dollars in energy credits

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The Vermont Legislature looks to set a renewable portfolio standard that would establish by law how much electricity generated from wind, solar and other renewable resources utilities must sell to customers.

 

GlobalFoundries to keep IBM plant in Essex going

Gov. Peter Shumlin holds up a cell phone to emphasize the viability of the semi-conductor manufacturing business that takes place in Essex Junction. IBM announced Monday it would sell the division to California-based, Abu Dhabi-owned GlobalFoundries. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger
IBM will pay GlobalFoundries $1.3 billion over three years to take its semiconductor manufacturing wing. The new owner says Vermont employees will keep their jobs.

 

IBM to make announcement this morning about GlobalFoundries deal

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IBM will pay GlobalFoundries $1.5 billion to take over its microelectronics unit, which includes the chip making plant in Essex Junction. IBM employs about 4,000 people in Vermont.

 

‘New Economy’ movement finds fertile ground in Vermont

Marjorie Kelly (center) moderated a panel discussion Wednesday among (left to right): Gwen Hallsmith of the Public Banking Institute; Paul Millman of Chroma Technology; Rich Carpenter of the Addison County Relocalization Network; and Kathy Ruhf of Land for Good. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger
Instead of assuming the value of limitless, money-driven growth, the new economy paradigm promotes careful choices about when and how — or even whether businesses and the economy should get bigger. When ownership is local, the impact of those decisions is more likely to benefit communities, proponents argue.

 

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Commentary

Suzi Wizowaty: Pointing the finger

We are all responsible for the over-incarceration of our citizens that has resulted in out-of-state placements in for-profit prisons.

Jeff Danziger: The paper business

No one should be surprised if the publisher of the Burlington Free Press leaves the newspaper business for the paper tablecloth and funny hat business.

Poor Elijah’s Almanack: First, do no harm

Several studies have recently concluded that the teacher professional development we’re subjected to typically has “minimal to no effects on boosting student achievement,” even when it involves “a lot of…

Quote of the Day

“I think we should feel comforted we have a company in this business that wants to be in it.” – Gov. Peter Shumlin on GlobalFoundries takeover of IBM’s chip-making business.

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  • Jeff Noordsy commented on Vermont utilities could lose millions of dollars in energy credits: My read? We are getting screwed as both ratep (...)
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  • Kevin Jones commented on Vermont utilities could lose millions of dollars in energy credits: There are a lot of misperceptions that have b (...)
  • Pete Novick commented on ‘New Economy’ movement finds fertile ground in Vermont: “It is not from the benevolence of the butche (...)
  • Peter Yankowski commented on State employee health plan premiums to increase 17.9 percent: If there hasn't been a rate increase in three (...)
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