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House Appropriations unanimously supports budget adjustment bill

Rep. Mitzi Johnson, D-Grand Isle. VTD file/Josh Larkin.
Legislators make minimal changes to Gov. Peter Shumlin's proposal. Language that would require the judiciary to submit a plan for $500,000 in cuts was struck.

 

State: Farmers will be subject to pollution penalties

Farmers St Albans
In order to reduce runoff, Ross said farmers can use manure injection systems, plant cover crops during the off season and vegetative buffers between waterways, build fences to exclude livestock from waterways, or make improvements to barnyards, among other options.

 

Senate committee to take up paid leave this week

Senate Majority Leader Phil Baruth summarizes the priorities for the 2014 legislative session, as identified by caucus members Thursday. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDigger
Bill would grant 56 hours of leave to Vermont workers to deal with illness or other emergency situations.

 

Suicide prevention center funding to expire this summer

JoEllen Tarallo-Falk
Suicide prevention center is seeking $750,000 from the state to keep anti-suicide effort in place after federal money runs out in July.

 

Vermont Health Connect tax subsidy forms are in the mail

Creative Commons
Vermonters who are receiving subsidies through the state's health exchange will receive statements needed to square their income with the IRS.

 

Browning proposes changes in executive privilege

Rep. Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington. File Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
Rep. Cynthia Browning proposes bill to waive governor's executive privilege in certain cases.

 

This week in the Statehouse: Jan. 26-30

The Golden Bubble. VTD/Josh Larkin
Floor work begins in earnest in the Vermont House of Representatives this week with microbeads and the budget adjustment act. The Gun Owners of Vermont will be at the Statehouse to push back on a Senate proposal to require background checks for all gun purchases.

 

Judiciary says $500,000 cut could lead to court delays

Clyde Robinson/Creative Commons
The judiciary branch would have little choice in the short term but to increase vacancy savings or consider staff furloughs that would further exacerbate court delays, according to Paul Reiber, the chief justice.

 

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Commentary

John Sales: $2 a gallon gas a house of cards built on a pile of sand

America is engaged in a giant game of chicken with the rest of the world’s petroleum-exporting countries, without the resource depth to do it.

Falko Schilling: The fight for health care goes on

I’m convinced that the governor, and the many people he’s had working tirelessly for him on this, were absolutely committed to trying to reach our shared goal on universal health…

Stuart Friedman: Call an end to the War on Drugs

We have constructed an approach to drug use that careens from crisis to crisis, from one substance to another, and from one unproven initiative to another.

Quote of the Day

“I believe very strongly in advancing policy that will help Vermonters lead healthier lives, however, the proposal to tax beverages containing added sugar is not the way to address our shared goal.” — Sen. John Campbell, D-Windsor

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