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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    Legislative mandates hampering recovery, business groups say

    Gov. Peter Shumlin

    Vermont business groups say that they’re having trouble recovering from the Great Recession, and they say that the accumulation of mandates in Montpelier, like the payroll tax and earned leave, are holding them back.

    VSEA urges lawmakers to protect state workers from cuts by taxing wealthy

    VSEAworker

    The VSEA says cuts to the state’s workforce are unnecessary and will be detrimental to Vermonters. As an alternative, the union has pitched four possible sources of new tax revenue to lawmakers.

    Fee bill passes with a $100,000 reduction in new assessments on restaurants

    The House passed the fee bill on Friday, but not without a few changes to the legislation which raises $2.8 million in additional monies from professionals, developers, waste haulers, bakers and restaurateurs. Lawmakers reduced fees for waste hauling companies slightly, and cut additional fees for restaurants by $100,000. The amendment was pitched by Rep. Laura […]

    This week in the Vermont Legislature: Feb. 17-20

    The Vermont Statehouse. Photo by John Herrick

    The budget is the skunk at the legislative party, and the affair will likely feature more sturm and drang than usual over the next few months.

    $2.8M fee bill on the House floor today

    The House takes up the $2.8 million fee bill on the floor today. The measure passed out of House Ways and Means last week in an 8-3 vote. The bill increases fees for a wide array of services and professions. A partial listing of the affected parties include: teachers, speech pathologists, physicians assistants, radiologist assistants, […]

    Lawmakers flummoxed by widening budget gap

    Rep. Mitzi Johnson, D-Grand Isle. VTD file/Josh Larkin.

    Without a plan from the Shumlin administration, lawmakers are taking it upon themselves to come up with ideas for resolving the mounting budget crisis.

    Union, Shumlin administration at odds over $10.8 million in cuts

    Justin Johnston, deputy secretary for the Agency of Natural Resources, was appointed secretary of the Agency of Administration at a news conference in the statehouse on Thursday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Justin Johnson was “surprised and disappointed” by a VSEA petition that “calls for no cuts in state government spending.” Steve Howard, the executive director of VSEA, says the $5 million cut is a “tax” on state workers and a reduction in force “is not the right choice.” Howard wants the state to impose higher taxes on the wealthiest Vermonters.

    Restructured state law enforcement programs would fall under new agency

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    Keith Flynn, the commissioner of the department, says the plan is designed to centralize services, save money and make public safety programs more efficient.

    This week in the Vermont Legislature: Feb. 9-13

    The Statehouse in Montpelier in January 2014. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    A public hearing Tuesday night on legislation that would require criminal background checks for gun purchasers will dominate headlines this week.

    House and Senate Appropriations Committees hold public hearing on 2016 budget

    The Vermont House and Senate Committees on Appropriations will hold a joint public hearing tonight from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the 13 Vermont Interactive Television sites. The committees will take testimony on Gov. Peter Shumlin’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2016. Members of the public can testify by attending the VIT simulcast meeting. […]

    State revenues fell in January

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    Tax receipts were $1.28 million below the monthly estimate for fiscal year 2015.

    Rent-to-own industry exploiting poor in Vermont, advocates say

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    Sen. Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland, has introduced a committee bill in Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs, that would put new restrictions on the rent-to-own industry in Vermont.

    Vermont would be first state to impose payroll tax to pay for Medicaid

    Gov. Peter Shumlin delivers his budget address at the Statehouse on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Lawmakers say passage of Shumlin’s payroll tax, which would introduce a new broad-based tax on all employers, is a “heavy lift.”

    This week in the Statehouse: Feb. 3-6

    Montages of tintype portraits of Vermont's Civil War officers lined the major corridor of the Statehouse for more than 80 years. These poignant portraits of the state's husbands, fathers, and sons who went to war willing to sacrifice their lives to save the Union kept feelings close to the surface. The portraits were removed in 1945. Photo courtesy of Vermont Historical Society.

    Bills on budget, education reform, child protection and water quality picking up steam this week in the Vermont Legislature

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