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Proposal would change environmental permit process

David Mears
Provision would make it more difficult for opponents of certain projects to raise objections during appeal, but aims would to address objections earlier in process.


Administration seeks to restore $900,000 in budget cuts

Jim Reardon
The administration’s annual letter responding to the House budget proposes that the Legislature return to Gov. Peter Shumlin’s proposals on PSAPs and payroll tax.


School boards voice opposition to governance reform bill

Cabot residents speak for and against closing the town's high school at a meeting Monday, March 4, 2013, in the school gym. After lengthy debate, they voted to keep it open. Photo by Alicia Freese.
Districts opposing H.361 send letters to governor, legislature imploring them not to take away their local decision-making powers.


Gun bill wins final approval after emotional speech

Rep. Sam Young shares story of mentally ill brother who shot himself as gun possession bill is passed by the House. Proposal must be reconciled with Senate version.


Shumlin, legislative leaders disagree on path forward for exchange

Peter Shumlin Mark Johnson
Gov. Peter Shumlin says decision whether to scrap Vermont Health Connect won't come until next fall. House Speaker Shap Smith says May 31 deadline is vital for consumer confidence.


YWP: Mind Cream

Julian Greene
This week's Young Writers Project entry is "Mind Cream" by Julian Greene, a junior at Thetford Academy.


SCOV Law Blog: The technicalities of breath alcohol testing machines

In these consolidated cases, defendants appeal the trial court’s denial of their motions to suppress breath alcohol test results obtained by the DataMaster DMT machine.


House OKs gun bill after volatile debate

House lawmakers vote on a gun possession bill Thursday at the Statehouse. Photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger
A bill that make it a state crime for felons to possess firearms and require that people with severe mental illness be reported to a no-gun database wins preliminary approval, 79-60.


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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. Visit project

A User's Guide to Vermont Health Connect

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Mary Powell: Giving cancer no quarter

This past fall, following my sister’s decision to get genetically screened and finding she carried a cancer gene, I opted to follow suit.

James Haslam: The time is now for a real democracy

Is the Statehouse still the People’s House, or have political parties become so distanced from us that they simply renege on public agreements and promises, ignore state law, and make…

Moulton & Markowitz: The many benefits of clean water

Vermont’s prosperity is closely tied to our land-based economy and healthy natural environment.

Quote of the Day

“I think just having a discussion about carbon reduction and not having a full discussion about how we responsibly site these new, large renewable projects is irresponsible.” — Sen. John Rodgers, D-Essex/Orleans on a resolution acknowledging man-made climate change

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