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Senate Passes Sick Leave Bill without small business exemption

Senate
Senate Pro Tempore John Campbell was able to find a strategy and another vote to defeat an exemption that would have allowed businesses with five or fewer employees to not be subject to the Senate bill.

 

With new alliance, VSECU explores state’s updated securities rules

Economic Development Commissioner Joan Goldstein speaks Wednesday. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger
A policy adopted in 2014 eased the regulations for investing in local businesses. Now businesses are starting to take advantage of it.

 

Vermont group starts push for alimony changes

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Vermont Alimony Reform, headed by a Brattleboro businessman, is calling for creation of a legislative task force to revamp the state's statute regulating post-divorce payments between former spouses.

 

Lawmakers learn Vermont Health Connect biller was sold

Bill Lippert
Benaissance was sold in November to a publicly traded multinational. The revelation came amid questions about the new company’s policies on insurance refunds.

 

At packed meeting, Shelburne residents vow to fight rail project

Shelburne Selectboard Chair Gary von Stange addresses a packed gymnasium Tuesday at the Shelburne Community School. Photo by Morgan True / VTDigger
Townspeople say they fear the rail spur and salt storage facility will damage the environment, increase congestion and detract from their quality of life.

 

Involuntary treatment proposal divides doctors and patients

Brattleboro Retreat
Two doctors and the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems came out in support of an expedited legal process for involuntary psychiatric treatment. Former psychiatric patients and their advocates disagree.

 

Margolis: A Sanders presidency?

Bernie Sanders
Sanders' ability to tap into middle class voter frustration with grimmer economic prospects could carry him to the White House.

 

UPDATED: Sanders takes New Hampshire by 20 points

Bernie Sanders
The decisive win gives Sanders more delegates than Clinton, but perhaps more importantly adds to his momentum going into the Nevada and South Carolina primaries.

 

Army Corps of Engineers approves $1.2 billion power cable

Transmission
TDI New England now has two of three required permits for the cable, which would run under most of the length of Lake Champlain.

 

Federal court tosses state’s suit over Vermont Yankee fund

Vermont Yankee
The state argued the federal government had improperly expanded use of Vermont Yankee's decommissioning trust fund. In dismissing the suit, the appeals court said Vermont invalidated its own complaint by also filing a challenge with the NRC.

 

McAllister defense wants separate trials for sex assault cases

Norm McAllister
The suspended Franklin County senator’s lawyer says jurors hearing both sets of charges would respond to the “multiplicity” of allegations instead of weighing the evidence in each case.

 

Education board steps in to push for higher staffing

William Mathis
Since 2008, the Agency of Education has shed 43 positions while seeing sweeping reforms that it must help put into action. The education secretary, though, has defended her boss’s plan not to add positions.

 

Special Reports and Projects

Cutting Class: A 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.

Declining enrollment, rising school spending: The data behind the crisis. An investigation by Amy Ash Nixon, Diane Zeigler and Hilary Niles.

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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.

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VTD 411 - Cell Phone Ban

Eight facts you need to know about Vermont’s new cellphone law. A VTD-411

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Halfway Hotels

Halfway Hotels: Vermont’s Quick Fix for Homelessness. A VTDigger Investigation by Laura Krantz and Cory Dawson.

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2014 Election Candidate Listings

It’s election season again in Vermont. Need to know who’s running for state and county offices in your area? Try VTDigger’s candidate listings tool.

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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.

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A User's Guide to Vermont Health Connect

This special section explains how Vermont’s health care exchange works for individuals and small businesses. The guide includes interactive subsidy graphs, a navigator map and detailed information about subsidies, penalties and tax ramifications.

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Quote of the Day

“Together, we have sent a message that will echo from Wall Street to Washington and from Maine to California that the government of this great nation belongs to all of the people and not just a handful of wealthy campaign contributors and their super PACs.” Sen Bernie Sanders in his speech Tuesday night after winning the New Hampshire Democratic primary.

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