Anne Galloway

Anne Galloway

Anne Galloway is the founder of VTDigger.org. She has worked as a reporter and editor in Vermont for 17 years. Before she began devoting nearly every waking hour to the management of VTD and coverage of the Vermont Legislature, the governor and state government, Galloway served as the editor of the Sunday Rutland Herald and Times Argus and maintained a quarter-acre vegetable garden in her spare time. She began her career in newspapering as a pre-med-student-turned-literature major at the University of Kentucky, when her first feature story was published in the Kentucky Kernel. She moved to her husband’s home state, Vermont, in 1988 and got a job as a staff writer for the Hardwick Gazette. A year later she began reporting for the Barton Chronicle. For many years, she was a contributing writer for Seven Days and a visual arts reviewer for the Times Argus. Her reporting has appeared in The New York Times, the New York Daily News, Vermont Life and City Pages (Minneapolis). She is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. Galloway and her husband have two adult children. They live in East Hardwick.

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    Shumlin backs off single payer plan

    Gov. Peter Shumlin announces that single payer health care will not go forward in the next legislative session. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Gov. Peter Shumlin’s dream of a single payer health care plan evaporated Wednesday as the administration said the state could not afford it anytime in the near future.

    Rep. Bill Lippert to play pivotal role as chair of House Health Care

    Rep. William Lippert, D-Hinesburg, chair of the House Committee on Judiciary. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    Rep. Maxine Grad will be chair of House Judiciary; Rep. Dave Sharpe will lead House Education and Rep. Mitzi Johnson will take over House Appropriations.

    Business survey shows support for paid sick leave, universal health care and better support for child care

    Peter Sterling, executive director of Vermont Leads. Photo by Anne Galloway

    Forty-nine percent of respondents would support a minimum number of sick days for employees; 58 percent supported a universal health care system, and 60 percent would like to see more public funding for child care in Vermont.

    Inside the Golden Bubble: Caucus jocularity belies tough game ahead in Montpelier

    Speaker of the House Shap Smith also attended the ceremony.

    This year the fault lines are difficult to see in advance. With more Republicans in the Statehouse and a post-election sense that the electorate put many Democrats who won on probation, there could be a number of divided votes in both the House and Senate chambers.

    From the editor: Why VTDigger has implemented a zero tolerance policy re: personal attacks in our comment section

    In the 1970s, aggressive reporters like Mavis Doyle struck fear in the hearts of lawmakers.

    More and more commenters are engaging in ad hominem attacks and groundless accusations.
    Because of the overwhelmingly negative tenor of the comments, we have considered eliminating the comments section altogether.

    Digger Dialogue: Watch the video from our education finance reform forum

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    More than 110 people came to hear six panelists talk about how to solve a vexing issue the state Legislature will be taking up in January: the rising cost of public, K-12 education at a time when student enrollment levels, particularly in rural places, continue to fall.

    Report recommends fundamental changes to education spending, property tax system

    House Speaker Shap Smith. VTD/Josh Larkin

    A report released on Friday proposes three changes to Vermont’s property tax system. The changes include: a “renovation” plan that would lead to reductions in school spending; a “variable income tax” proposal that would replace a portion of the property tax revenues with income taxes; and a regional block grant plan that would replace Act […]

    FairPoint Internet service down statewide

    A Fairpoint Communications truck makes its way down State Street in Montpelier. VTD/Josh Larkin

    The outage began early Thursday morning, just after midnight, Nevins said in an email.

    Anti-union child care workers beat out AFT in union vote

    Child care workers testified in force at a Statehouse public hearing on Wednesday evening. Those in red represented the Vermont Workers Center, while those in blue supported the legislation, and those in white opposed it. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana

    An anti-labor group, Vermonters for the Independence of Childcare Providers, rallied childcare providers against the unionization effort, and the AFT lost a bid to unionize childcare workers in Vermont by 40 votes.

    Don’t miss VTDigger’s education finance forum 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11

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    The forum features Paul Cillo of Public Assets Institute, Tom Pelham of Campaign for Vermont, Reps. Oliver Olsen, Dave Sharpe and Adam Greshin, and Sen. Dick McCormack.

    Trail Mix: Milne concedes he won’t concede

    Scott Milne

    VIDEO While Milne insisted at a press conference on Monday that he won’t twist the arms of lawmakers, he launched into a post-election campaign speech at the Statehouse that was apparently designed to shame them into voting against Shumlin.

    Budget Watch: State employees, Medicaid likely to take a hit

    Jim Reardon, commissioner of the Department of Finance and Management

    Expect to see some drastic changes to the budget next month. The elimination of an entire program, for example. Or the reconfiguration of the state workers contract. Or a reduction in Medicaid spending. It’s possible the governor and the Legislature will consider a combination of all three.

    Property tax reform, education cost control proposals emerge from ad hoc working group

    House Speaker Shap Smith in his office at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Thursday. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

    Lawmakers this session will decide whether to tinker with Act 60 and Act 68, or replace the state’s unique statewide property tax system with a new formula for funding education. The other looming question is whether lawmakers will institute cost controls that would put a damper on school spending.

    Story and video: Statewide property tax increase pegged at 2 cents

    Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe (right) and Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson joined Gov. Peter Shumlin Monday at a news conference on education spending. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger

    Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration has recommended a 2 cent increase in the statewide property tax rates for fiscal year 2016.

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