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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.
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.
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.
Access to police investigation files, pension forfeiture for convicted state employees, limits on license plate readers among judiciary highlights.
Burlington, Milton and Winooski to collectively pay $462,300 into various funds to resolve the dispute.
Business that access software remotely will see their sales tax exemption expire in July.
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 [...]
Differences between House, Senate versions stall progress until January.
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 [...]
Effort to merge the proposals fell through in final days of session.
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 [...]