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Vermonter honored at White House ceremony marking ADA

Max Barrows
Max Barrows of Worcester, outreach director at the disability rights organization Green Mountain Self-Advocates, was one of nine advocates feted at the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

Legislators ask for clarity on health care reform

Sen. Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, and Rep. Janet Ancel, D-Calais, listen to presentations at a Joint Health Reform Oversight Committee meeting Monday. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger
Joint Health Reform Oversight Committee wants to know more about what a so-called all-payer model means “in real terms for Vermont and for Vermonters.”

 

Health care advocacy group to shut down

Navigator Peter Sterling, director of the Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security, at his table in the Motor Vehicle Department lobby in Montpelier. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDigger
Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security will shut down next month after nearly a decade of pushing for extended health coverage.

 

Phil Scott ‘gets serious’ about possible run for governor

Montpelier Fourth of July, Phil Scott
Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott sent out a letter to 20,000 Vermonters, saying he is "preparing to lead" and asking for financial support.

 

Act 250 panel asks developer to condense Exit 4 project

Google Earth image of the area to be developed off Exit 4 of I-89 in Randolph.
A state environmental commission sends Randolph developer back to the drawing board to minimize the impact on primary agricultural land.

 

Vermont ACLU threatens to sue over school spending cap; Lawmakers maintain law is constitutional

ACLU Vermont Executive Director Allen Gilbert. VTD/Josh Larkin
Allen Gilbert: "[Lawmakers] never honestly explored whether it was true that larger schools and larger school districts lead to better performance by students and savings of money."

 

Supervisory unions line up for Act 46 tax breaks

David Sharpe
About five supervisory unions have contacted the Vermont Agency of Education to see if they could be the first ones to change their school governance structure, reaping tax benefits.

 

TransCanada gets one-year extension on Connecticut River dam licenses

Vernon hydroelectric dam
Additional studies on the Connecticut River waters are needed for the re-licensing process following the closing of Vermont Yankee, and FERC agreed to extend the licenses by a year, effectively extending the re-licensing by one year.

 

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.

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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. Visit project

Commentary

Patrick Leahy: Time to end mandatory minimum sentences

In a desire to be “tough on crime,” we blindly assigned long, arbitrary terms of imprisonment. This was a mistake.

Bill Schubart: Judging others

Without personal engagement, we can’t really know anything substantive about a person and would be wrong to assume anything.

Cyrus Patten: Without standards, nothing is unethical

Without a set of clear standards, we have no way to debate who crossed the line, because there is no line.

Quote of the Day

“Right now, my heart is overjoyed at the support that we’re getting from the community and the involvement that we’re getting. It took us a little while to get here, but now we’re announcing that we are ready to conquer all the concerns that need to be conquered in this area.” — Mary Brown Guillory, on the formation of the state’s first NAACP chapter

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