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Campaign finance complaint against Sorrell spurs call for election commission

Bill Sorrell
+-*Senators will hold a hearing on Tuesday for a proposed oversight panel that would enforce campaign finance statutes in the wake of allegations that the Vermont Attorney General has flouted state laws. Bill Sorrell has refused to appoint an independent investigator.

 

Lawmakers eye per-pupil formula to contain education costs

Mark Perrault
+-*A cap on school spending is likely unconstitutional and so legislators have gone back to the drawing board and are now considering a per-pupil spending formula.

 

Businesses say an ‘enhanced’ VEGI program would tip the scales

GW Plastics
+-*GW Plastics is considering an expansion in Vermont, Texas or Arizona. A company representative says changes to the VEGI program would provide a meaningful incentive to build a new facility in Vermont.

 

NG Advantage to truck natural gas to International Paper

NG Advantage trailers
+-*The company abandoned plans to pay for a Vermont Gas pipeline extension last month.

 

Late start to maple season means a little less syrup this year

Rebecca Boucher carries syrup from the sap boiler to the filtering station at Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm in Stowe earlier this month. Photo by Glenn Callahan/Stowe Reporter
+-*Even though production ran lower than a year ago, there will still be plenty of Vermont-made maple syrup on store shelves, and the quality of this year’s sap has been particularly good.

 

Senate Appropriations on track to pass budget next week

Jane Kitchel
+-*Senate Appropriations aims to pass the budget bill out on Monday, and plans to get the bill through the Senate by the end of next week. Sen. Jane Kitchel said the fate of H.490 depends on what the Senate Finance Committee does with the revenue package.

 

Senate Finance considers extension of sales tax to services and candy, soda, bottled water

Tim Ashe
+-*The sales tax for all goods and services would be lowered from 6 percent to 4.75 percent when the consumer services sales tax is implemented on July 1, 2016, Ashe said.

 

Mullin offers proposal to address Medicaid cost shift

Sen. Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland. File photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger.org
+-*The Shumlin administration supports the effort but says the "preferred revenue source" would still be a payroll tax — which Mullin said he will not support.

 

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

Charlie Smith: Systematic reform of education finance is necessary and not that hard

+-*Consistent discipline can bring order and predictability to Vermont’s education finances without massive upheaval.

Deborah Messing: Personal and institutional divestiture

+-*Come join us at the two-part Spring Divestment series sponsored by 350 Vermont and its allies.

Bob Stannard: Understanding history

+-*You never know who you’re going to meet when you get in a car driven by a stranger.

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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