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Andrew Stein is the energy and health care reporter for VTDigger. He is a 2012 fellow at the First Amendment Institute and previously worked as a reporter and assistant online editor at the Addison County Independent, where he helped the publication win top state and New England awards for its website. Andrew is a former China Fulbright Research Fellow and a graduate of Kenyon College. As a Fulbright fellow, he researched the junction of Chinese economic, agricultural and environmental policymaking through an analysis of China’s modern tea industry. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and has been awarded research grants from Middlebury College and the Freeman Foundation to investigate Chinese environmental policies. A member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, his work has also appeared in publications such as the Math Association of America’s quarterly journal Math Horizons and Grist.org. When Andrew isn’t writing stories, he can likely be found playing Boggle with his wife, fly fishing or brewing beer.
Governor says administration and legislative leaders will have financing plan “ready to be passed at the beginning of the next biennium.”
Entergy asked the federal court to intervene, so that Vermont Yankee could begin constructing a generator for the site by June 11.
Portland Pipe Line asked the district commission to reconsider requiring state review of the Portland-Montreal pipeline for reversing the line’s flow to pump tar sands oil.
Company also claims it didn’t understand procedure in disclosing executive compensation to Vermont regulators.
It was a good year for progressive agriculture initiatives in the Statehouse.
Moulton steps down after six months as interim chief.
The Legislature appropriated $4.35 million for FY 2014 for premium assistance and cost-sharing subsidies for low-income Vermonters. It also approved the continuation of an employer assessment to pay for the exchange’s operating costs.
Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday signed into law a pet protection act that is meant to tighten up and establish a clearer regulatory framework for dog, cat and wolf-hybrid breeders. Architects of the law hope the regulations will prevent animal abuse cases, like the 50-plus-dog puppy mill that Karen Maple of Bakersfield was accused of [...]
In a final-hour move, the Vermont House voted on Tuesday to strip a charge on health insurance premiums from Senate bill 152, and the Senate agreed.
The estimated 118,000 Vermonters who will purchase insurance on the exchange will be charged 1 percent of their annual premium.