Nat Rudarakanchana

Nat Rudarakanchana

Nat Rudarakanchana is a recent graduate of New York’s Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he specialized in politics and investigative reporting. He graduated from Cambridge University with a B.A. in philosophy: hence, the slightly odd accent. Raised in Hong Kong in a Thai family, he has interned for the Bangkok Post and The New Paper, with experience reporting across several Asian countries. He enjoys news photography and state and city politics.

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @natrudy

    Legislative Wrap-up: Economic development

    How to Survive Unemployment. Photo by Vernon Chen.

    Actions taken on unemployment, sick leave, TIF, cloud computing

    Legislative Wrap-up: Bills we could see next year

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    Among the bills that didn’t make it to the finish line this session are those relating to Taser regulation, campaign finance reform, unionization for child-care workers and deputy state’s attorneys, social media privacy and pre-K access.

    Legislative Wrap-up: Transportation

    Advocates and supporters celebrate outside the Statehouse as the House votes to extend driving rights to undocumented farm workers, on May 7, 2013. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana

    The Legislature raised the gas tax by 6 cents per gallon to avoid losing $60 million in federal transportation funds. And undocumented farmworkers in Vermont gained the right to obtain driving privilege cards.

    Legislative Wrap-up: Agency fees

    Steve Howard, the chief lobbyist for the VSEA state employees union, tells lawmakers he supports imposing mandatory agency fees for non-union members. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana

    The legislation, S.14, requires an estimated 2,600 education, state and municipal employees who aren’t union members to pay fees of up to 85 percent of yearly union dues.

    Legislative Wrap-up: Judiciary

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    Access to police investigation files, pension forfeiture for convicted state employees, limits on license plate readers among judiciary highlights.

    Municipalities to pay back some money over TIF dispute

    Board Chairman Tom Little proposed that Burlington and South Burlington be combined to create a three-member district. Photo by Scott McLeod

    Burlington, Milton and Winooski to collectively pay $462,300 into various funds to resolve the dispute.

    Lawmakers vote to end moratorium on cloud computing tax

    Lawmakers, including House Ways and Means chair Janet Ancel, debate the merits of a cloud computing tax on the last day of the legislative session, on May 14, 2013. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana/VTDigger.org

    Business that access software remotely will see their sales tax exemption expire in July.

    Lawmakers open police records to public scrutiny

    The Vermont Legislature has approved opening the criminal investigative files of police to public scrutiny, in a move modeling Vermont’s open records standards on a federal model. A conference committee to debate differences between the House and Senate on the legislation came to an agreement by Tuesday morning, said Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington. Senators like […]

    Campaign finance reform failure means caps on donations unlikely to occur until 2016 campaign cycle

    Republican minority leader Don Turner and Democratic majority leader Bill Jewett discuss the orders of the day before the final day of the 2013 Vermont legislative session, on May 14, 2013. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana/VTDigger.org

    Differences between House, Senate versions stall progress until January.

    State troopers, Shumlin administration reach new contract deal

    The Shumlin administration has brokered a new provisional contract with the union representing employees of the Vermont State Police. The contract with the Vermont Troopers’ Association lasts for two years, but must be ratified by the union’s membership. The state’s existing contract with the union, which covers pay and working conditions for 327 state police […]

    Advocates for child-care, deputy state’s attorneys unions vow to return next session

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    Effort to merge the proposals fell through in final days of session.

    House ties up loose ends before final stretch

    The Vermont House voted on three minor legislative changes before breaking for the weekend; they’ll return to wrap up business on Monday and Tuesday. House Judiciary Chair Bill Lippert, D-Hinesburg, tweaked an omnibus opiate bill to ensure that hashish is treated similarly to marijuana, regarding criminal consequences for possessing over 5 grams of hash, which […]

    Amendment to increase unemployment pay fails in House

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    A $700,000 increase to benefits for the unemployed failed to gain much traction on the House floor on Friday, failing in a 19-118 vote.

    Disagreements, political theater delay campaign finance reform

    Sen. Jeanette White and Sen. Peter Galbraith pore over the ins and outs of a campaign finance bill, during a mini-filibuster authored by Galbraith to delay a vote on campaign finance reform. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana/VTDigger.org

    Senate differs with recent House-approved campaign finance measures, calls for conference committee to resolve the disputes; Galbraith draws ire of some senators.

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