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State wants to shift dual enrollment costs to Education Fund

Woodruff Hall. Wikipedia image.
Half the cost of supporting a program that allows high school students to earn college credit is scheduled to be picked up by local budgets unless change is made.

 

House gives preliminary approval to renewable energy bill

Biomass
Measure to strengthen the state's renewable energy policy clears first hurdle, but GOP plans to seek removal of a key component after the town meeting break.

 

YWP: Imagine What it Feels Like

Jojo Williams-Keane
This week's Young Writers Project entry is "Imagine What it Feels Like" by Jojo Williams-Keane, an eighth-grader at Crossroads Academy in Lyme, N.H.

 

SCOV Law Blog: Town sues insurer for recovery of lost interest due to embezzlement

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The town of Ira's argument was that the policy should cover the “time value” of the money taken and the trial court agreed. Insurer appealed, town cross-appealed, and that brings us to the main event.

 

VBSR endorse Shumlin plan to address Medicaid cost shift

Dan Barlow
Members of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility support proposed payroll tax.

 

House OKs increase in penalty for removing land from current use

Washington County Forester Russ Barrett said that generally, the amount of slash left on the site was not abnormal. "We will actually encourage people to leave a certain amount of slash," Barrett said. "Having it clean and neat is not as important as the erosion problems." Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger
Bill would put teeth in tax program that keeps working land out of development.

 

Legislature, administration cast wide net to find solutions to $18.6M budget gap

Jim Reardon, Justin Johnson and Stephen Klein speak about the $18.6 million gap on Thursday. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger
From closing a prison to taking away bottled water, everything is on the table as officials scrounge to fill an $18.6 million gap left by revenue downgrade.

 

Education reform bill calls for 2 percent cap on per pupil spending increases

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The House Education Committee unanimously passed out a proposal that would require schools to attempt to form districts of at least 1,100 students.

 

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Commentary

Heidi Spear: Education reform initiative is nothing but bait and switch

Is it looking more and more dishonest to assign blame and insist that consolidation will solve our spending and tax problems?

Peter Shumlin: Difficult choices

Just like a family who finds that they didn’t get a raise they were expecting, the state now has some difficult choices to make.

Vidda Crochetta: The deeper problem of law enforcement

It isn't the integration of community policing that the community needs. It is an independent judiciary that can identify and overturn laws that do more harm than good and are…

Quote of the Day

“The nutshell is I wanted you folks to know that Republicans were out in front on this question, and we are very happy that Mr. Hoffer chose to do a performance audit and we are calling on the attorney general now to follow through with that to decide if anything more formal should be done with respect to Mr. Gruber.” — Senate Minority Leader Joe Benning on criticism of the state’s handling of health care consultant Jonathan Gruber’s contract

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  • Tom Bisson commented on House OKs increase in penalty for removing land from current use: It seems we would want to remove the penalty (...)
  • John Greenberg commented on Amendment to H.40 freezes energy efficiency charge: Yeah, let's have 180 lay people with hundreds (...)
  • John Greenberg commented on Amendment to H.40 freezes energy efficiency charge: Lance, Consumers don't pay the prices shown i (...)
  • Jeff Nichols commented on Education reform bill calls for 2 percent cap on per pupil spending increases: Lamest attempt at "relief" ever. A disappoint (...)
  • John Greenberg commented on Amendment to H.40 freezes energy efficiency charge: Lance, If you have any facts to substantiate (...)
  • Pat McGarry commented on More people being tested for drugged driving, report says: Breathalyzers are nototiously imprecise. If y (...)
  • Matt Fisken commented on Amendment to H.40 freezes energy efficiency charge: I wonder if it is a coincidence that people o (...)
  • Jim Parker commented on Heidi Spear: Education reform initiative is nothing but bait and switch: So Bob, how about we eliminate all small scho (...)
  • Jim Parker commented on Heidi Spear: Education reform initiative is nothing but bait and switch: The only way this will be fixed is to hold ba (...)
  • Lance Hagen commented on Amendment to H.40 freezes energy efficiency charge: Talk about being penny wise and pound foolish (...)
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