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Burlington mayor shuffles staff

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger (from left) with new project coordinator Jen Kaulius, new communication director at Burlington Electric Mike Kanarick and new chief of staff Brian Lowe. Courtesy photo
Miro Weinberger's chief of staff moves to BED, projects coordinator and admin. assistant take on new roles.

 

Eric Miller sworn in as Vermont’s top federal prosecutor

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Vermont’s new U.S. Attorney calls opiate abuse “the most critical issue facing this office and this state.”

 

Sales tax for soft drinks, other laws go into effect July 1

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A legislative debate over sugar-sweetened beverages resulted in the expansion of the state's 6 percent sales tax to include soft drinks. Vending machine foods to be taxed at 9 percent. New cellphone, sex offender, water quality and animal cruelty laws go into effect.

 

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Vermont health data collection case

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell, center, leaves the U.S. Second District Court of Appeals in New York City. Photo by Andrew Stein
ERISA appeal concerns whether companies that offer self-insured health benefit plans to employees have to report claims data to the state.

 

Brattleboro Reformer, Bennington Banner, Manchester Journal lay off editorial staff

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The firings came on Friday. No formal announcement has been made by the newspaper chain which includes the Brattleboro Reformer, the Bennington Banner and the Manchester Journal.

 

Feds give go ahead for GlobalFoundries acquisition of IBM Microelectronics

A microchip at IBM. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana
IBM is paying GlobalFoundries $1.5 billion to take over chip manufacturing operations in Vermont, and Malta and East Fishkill, N.Y.

 

Veterans to be given in-state tuition in Vermont, nation

Community College of Vermont President Joyce Judy speaks at a news conference Monday at the CCV campus in Montpelier about a new national benefit which allows veterans and active duty military to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities regardless of their state of residence. In the center is David Carlson, the coordinator of veteran student services at the University of Vermont, who returned from serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and enrolled at CCV, completing his degree at UVM, and Jeb Spaulding, chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger
The new benefit, passed by Congress last year, includes tuition to any of the Vermont State Colleges as well as the University of Vermont.

 

June storms likely to be eligible for FEMA aid request

Storm damage on Greystone Road in Richmond. Photo courtesy DEMHS
Damages from heavy rains on June 9 are likely to be greater than $1 million, officials say.

 

Digger Projects

Cutting Class: A Special VTDigger Investigation

Declining enrollment in Vermont’s public schools is at a breaking point: The state’s student population has dropped by 21,000 since 1997, and population projections show continuing declines through at least 2030.

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2015 Legislative Guide

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2015 VTDigger/Castleton Institute Poll

The 2015 VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey of 700 Vermonters found support for Gov. Peter Shumlin flagging, but showed an interest in gun regulations and tax options. See the complete results here. Visit project

2014 Election Micro-Site

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Campaign Finance Database

VTDigger's Campaign Finance Database allows you to find out who gives to political campaigns and how candidates raise money in Vermont.

For the first time, and at no cost to taxpayers, users can easily search for donors and candidates by name, quickly retrieve aggregated totals, and explore business and family connections between donors. Visit project

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

Commentary

Joe Benning: Marijuana legalization – it’s time

A middle school student at Camels Hump Middle School recently sent me a wonderful letter arguing for the legalization of marijuana.

Don Keelan: Vermont’s Wounded Warriors

The Vermont Wounded Warriors Golf Tournament will assist in raising the spirit of the Vermont Wounded Warrior, as well as those men and women who have served in the Iraq…

William Mathis: Equity and inequity in early education

Vermont’s new preschool education law has a number of devilish details that need fixing else we weld into place a system that inadvertently increases, rather than reduces, socioeconomic segregation.

Quote of the Day

“I deeply appreciate the outpouring of support I received from those who urged me to return home to run for governor as well as those who urged me to keep at it in Congress. While being governor would be a distinct honor, I believe I can best serve Vermonters by continuing the hard work of getting Congress back to work for Vermont and the nation.” — Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt.

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