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Fewer school budgets defeated this year

Elmore voter Jessica Dambach casts her ballot at the annual Town Meeting in Elmore on a question about entering a merger study with the Morristown School District. Voters had to give their names for the checklist to ensure only one vote per voter was used.
In a turnaround from last year when 37 school budgets were defeated, voters this week approved 226 budgets and voted down 20.

 

Judiciary cuts to take toll on civil cases, lawyers say

The entrance to the Vermont Supreme Court at 111 State St., next to the Statehouse. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger
With four judicial vacancies already, and more potential cuts ahead, Vermont attorneys raise concerns that budget restraints could delay justice for Vermonters.

 

Bill would allow communities to control access to drinking water sources

Berlin Pond is the source of the Capital City's drinking water. It's accessibility for recreational uses has caused a rift between the city and town. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
Legislation proposed in the wake of a state decision that allows the recreational use of Berlin Pond is unnecessary, state officials and sportsmen say.

 

Winooski voters hand Seth Leonard, 32, the mayor’s chair

Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon speaks a  news conference Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, held by the Vermont Mayors Coalition. Other mayors attending were (from left) Mike O'Brien of Winooski; John Hollar of Montpelier; Chris Louras of Rutland; Miro Weinberger of Burlington; Bill Benton of Vergennes; Paul Monette of Newport; and Liz Gamache of St. Albans. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger
The 32-year-old nonprofit housing finance official replaces the retiring Michael O'Brien. Four incumbents easily won re-election in Burlington, Rutland, Newport and Vergennes.

 

Bennington voters reject fluoridation

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An article asking to fluoridate town water goes down 1,117 to 1,539 on Town Meeting Day.

 

Most agree with decision to drop single payer, poll shows

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While support for Gov. Peter Shumlin is at its lowest point, 64 percent of those responding to a VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey say he was right not to push for single payer health care.

 

Elmore voters agree to study merger with Morristown

Elmore voter Jessica Dambach casts her ballot at the annual Town Meeting in Elmore on a question about entering a merger study with the Morristown School District. Voters had to give their names for the checklist to ensure only one vote per voter was used.
Residents of Elmore, home of Vermont's last one-room schoolhouse, voted to undertake a study about joining with a neighboring school district.

 

Bridgewater voters OK plan to close elementary school

Voters in Bridgewater decide to close their elementary school and send their students to Pomfret. Photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger
Town residents elect to send their elementary students to Pomfret after years of rising school budgets and declining enrollment. Some residents blame state mandates.

 

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Commentary

Tom Pelham: Calling on fortitude

Budget management is not the economists’ responsibility, it’s the governor’s.

Jay Mitiguy: Sugar-sweetened beverage tax onerous to business, customers

As a fourth generation business owner employing 65 Vermonters, I am concerned that the beverage tax will result in higher costs for my customers and more barriers that hurt small…

Willem Post: Wood burning power plants in Vermont?

Vermont, one of the poorest states in the U.S. with a fragile economy, cannot afford to turn over a major part of its economy to expensive renewable energy production.

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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