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Gun control group donates to politicians

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Gun Sense Vermont, a group pushing for tighter gun control laws, donated more than $15,000 across party lines to 91 candidates who are open to background check legislation. A poll the group commissioned showed that 67 percent of voters would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports criminal background checks on gun sales.

 

State lawmakers raise concerns over single-payer implementation

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Vermont lawmakers, the Shumlin administration and the Green Mountain Care Board will develop a financing plan and benefits package for the state's single-payer health care program over the next two years. But Act 48 doesn't spell out which should come first.

 

VTDigger fact-check: Shumlin and the GOP on jobs

Gov. Peter Shumlin, WDEV debate. Photo by Anne Galloway
Candidates prove to be generally truthful, but pull the data that most closely resembles their position.

 

Chen, Miller say IT mistakes won’t be repeated

Gov. Peter Shumlin (left) and interim Secretary of the Agency of Human Services Harry Chen announced Tuesday that the Vermont Health Connect website will be offline for repairs. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger
Lawmakers told that $420 million in technology rebuilds won't follow the same rocky path as Vermont Health Connect.

 

Lawsuit against Brattleboro Retreat, mental health agency dismissed

Brattleboro Retreat Psychiatric Hospital. Creative Commons photo/Flickr user pag2525
A Windham Superior Court judge rules that neither the Retreat nor Northeast Kingdom Human Services are liable for an assault committed by a former patient.

 

Vermont Gas gains federal waiver for International Paper project

Vermont Gas Systems' South Burlington offices. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says plan to build natural gas pipeline under Lake Champlain does not need federal environmental impact study.

 

Study predicts $11 million annual revenue from legalized pot

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The marijuana market in Vermont is worth approximately $54 million annually, a personal finance website estimates. Vermont's own Rand study due in January.

 

NECAP science scores down

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Scores dropped noticeably from 2013. Vermont education leaders say the federal No Child Left Behind focus on reading and math takes class time away from hands-on science education.

 

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Commentary

Art Woolf: How much should we pay for efficiency?

Recently the media reported that 15 Vermont ski areas would receive $5 million from Efficiency Vermont to help them purchase more than 2,000 energy efficient snow-making guns, replacing older, less…

Noelle MacKay: Plan today for tomorrow’s flood

State agencies and our regional partners are taking steps to help cities and towns analyze local flood risks and help businesses and communities recover quickly in the event of a…

Tiffany Bluemle and Linda Tarr-Whelan: For economic growth, invest in women and girls

Vermont would be wise to take a lead from the widely accepted international development strategy that investing in women and girls is a powerful economic growth and stability tool.

Quote of the Day

“To have the administration working so hard putting together the details of not only the financing plan and have a lieutenant governor act as an anchor slowing things down, making things tougher to explain than they already are, that was intolerable.” – Dean Corren, Progressive/Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor

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  • Gerry Silverstein commented on Art Woolf: How much should we pay for efficiency?: If one accepts John Greenberg's position, the (...)
  • Don Newton commented on Mumia Abu-Jamal to give commencement speech at Goddard College: Can anyone tell me if this thinking is typica (...)
  • John Greenberg commented on Art Woolf: How much should we pay for efficiency?: Art Woolf and most of those commenting here m (...)
  • Moshe Braner commented on Art Woolf: How much should we pay for efficiency?: To complete the picture, we need to know how (...)
  • Moshe Braner commented on Art Woolf: How much should we pay for efficiency?: The $1.50/month "per meter" fee is an example (...)
  • rosemarie jackowski commented on Tiffany Bluemle and Linda Tarr-Whelan: For economic growth, invest in women and girls: Here is a win-win-win plan. Vermont needs mon (...)
  • Jerry Kilcourse commented on State lawmakers raise concerns over single-payer implementation: Not sure why the triumvirate from the Ethan A (...)
  • John Grady commented on Art Woolf: How much should we pay for efficiency?: Energy Efficiency Charge 495 x $0.01091: 5.40 (...)
  • Jerry Kilcourse commented on State lawmakers raise concerns over single-payer implementation: Right Walter, not only do we have long wait t (...)
  • Jamie Carter commented on State lawmakers raise concerns over single-payer implementation: Ms. Browning, why haven't you and your collea (...)