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House backs water quality bill, 126-10

The sun set over Big Averill Lake in the town of Averill, in the Northeast Kingdom. Photo by Mark Bushnell
Bill includes plan to curb pollution runoff from farms, roads and developed areas and raises about $8 million in state revenue to support the cleanup.

 

Proposed change in VEGI program would fund lower-paying jobs

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Lowering the pay threshold for a program that encourages companies to create jobs in Vermont would no longer be linked to the state's minimum wage.

 

Senate passes same-day voter registration, rejects photo ID

An Elmore voter places their paper ballot in the mailbox where votes on whether the town should study a possible merger with Morristown were collected at Town Meeting. The vote was 79 to 19 in favor of embarking on the merger study.
Amendment to require photo ID in order to register on Election Day fails. Law would take effect in 2017 if approved as is by House.

 

NRC largely rules against anti-nuclear groups on Entergy funding

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Four anti-nuclear groups, including Vermont’s Citizens Action Network, filed a petition to the NRC in March 2013 calling on regulators to shut down three plants.

 

Bill would mandate statewide use of police cameras

Chip Troiano
New legislation would require that all Vermont law enforcement record video of interactions with civilians from body or cruiser cameras

 

House approves education reform bill

Students
Bill that would encourage school districts to combine forces wins preliminary approval, 88-55, after tweaks to sections on spending cap, small school grants and tuition.

 

‘Sodexo’ bill fails in the Senate

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The legislation that would have prohibited companies from penalizing employees who use sick leave time failed in the Senate on Tuesday.

 

Telecom bill forms new state oversight arm for buildout of broadband infrastructure

Broadband sign. Photo by Paul Nicholson.
Department of Public Service will oversee the state’s Connectivity Fund programs which bring broadband to rural areas of Vermont.

 

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Commentary

Chuck Ross: H.35 is a vital step forward

The health of our state’s economy, including our farm economy, depends upon finding a solution to the our water quality challenges.

Ed Deegan: Simplify the tax system

When it comes to taxes in the state of Vermont, simple is hard to come by. It has not always been this way.

Ron Krupp: Medicare for all

If we truly want to provide fair and affordable health care we would pass single-payer universal health care.

Quote of the Day

“We have promised Vermonters we’re going to try to rein in spending and put Vermont on a better fiscal path. If this miscellaneous tax bill goes down, the alternative is higher taxes.” — Minority Leader Rep. Don Turner, R-Milton

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