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Industry heavyweights come to Vermont to oppose toxic chemicals bill

Bill Driscoll, vice president of Associated Industries of Vermont, testified before the House Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources Committee against a bill to regulate toxic chemicals in children's products. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
Even though it only applies to children's products, IBM, the Toy Industry Association, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Burton Snowboards, Keurig Green Mountain and Wal-Mart protest Vermont's plan.


At least six minimum wage plans swirl around the Statehouse

Lawmakers in the Senate Economic Development Committee look at graphs illustrating a slight dip in services for some low-income earners if the minimum wage increases. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger
A half-dozen proposals are afoot for raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour or higher. The difference is mostly in how quickly each proposal gets there.


Study of marijuana’s revenue potential revived

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Rebuffed by House Speaker Shap Smith in their attempt to study the regulatory and tax effects of legalizing pot, lawmakers slip the notion into a bill on dispensaries.


Contract prevents state auditor from reviewing VSEA pharmacy benefits

Prescription drugs. Photo by Alissa Walker
Language in the state's contract with Express Scripts keeps auditor from conducting transparency review.


Moody’s downgrades Vermont Law School revenue bonds

The Vermont Law School is in South Royalton. Photo by Roger Crowley for VTDigger
Declining enrollments have hurt the school’s finances; downgrade allows bank to accelerate debt payment schedule.


Consultant’s memo stirs single-payer controversy

Health care consultant Ken Thorpe addressed lawmakers Tuesday in Montpelier. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger
Lawmakers rejected the notion that Ken Thorpe's three-page memo is a Plan B for single payer.


IBM likely candidate for proposed $4.5 million incentive

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The computer chip maker's rumored sale has policy makers planning contingencies. They want IBM or other anchor businesses to stay in Vermont, or others to move here — now and down the road.


Diluted water cleanup bill gets preliminary approval in House

The Vilas Bridge over Bellows Falls gorge. Photo by Chris Bertelsen/Brattleboro Reformer
Environmentalists say the plan is too weak because it does not include money or regulatory authority to back up the proposed programs.


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Larry Mandell: A shift in focus for Public Assets Institute’s second decade

We can move toward a Vermont that works for all by making different choices, consciously developing policies that get the state back on track.

Heidi Spear: H.883 – ignoring the funding formula, again

The Agency of Education and the Legislature have utterly failed struggling communities for a long time, providing no leadership, effective supports or appropriate incentives to align interests and better serve students and taxpayers.

Ron Krupp: Farm and food initiatives flourishing

The Farm to Plate initiative is designed to boost the food and farm economy in Vermont.

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“It shouldn’t surprise us that some folks have taken some old ideas and tuned them up, and put them back on the table.” — Gov. Peter Shumlin on health care consultant Ken Thorpe’s plan

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