Tom Brown

Tom Brown

Tom Brown is VTDigger’s assignment editor. He is a native Vermonter with two decades of daily journalism experience. Most recently he managed the editorial website for the Burlington Free Press, Vermont’s largest daily newspaper. He has been a reporter, editor, manager and all-around technology resource at newspapers in Vermont, Utah and Pennsylvania. He has a BA in Journalism from Johnson State College and also attended California State University-Fullerton. He lives in Montpelier and loves to spend time with his teenage son.

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    State could earn $20-$75 million from legal pot, report says

    Beau Kilmer, co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, presents the group's study Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

    A study by the Rand Corp. and commissioned by lawmakers sees the potential for much more revenue if Vermont is the first in the region to legalize the substance.

    Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Dan Feliciano joins Republican Party

    Dan Feliciano during the 2014 campaign. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger

    “My views are much more aligned with what the GOP is doing now in its platform,” said Feliciano, noting that he is eyeing another run in 2016.

    Mayors urge action on school spending, water quality

    Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon speaks a  news conference Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, held by the Vermont Mayors Coalition. Other mayors attending were (from left) Mike O'Brien of Winooski; John Hollar of Montpelier; Chris Louras of Rutland; Miro Weinberger of Burlington; Bill Benton of Vergennes; Paul Monette of Newport; and Liz Gamache of St. Albans. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

    A coalition of Vermont’s eight city mayors urged lawmakers to help curb rising education costs Tuesday and called for a statewide effort to reduce pollution levels in all of Vermont’s waterways.

    House committees set as Legislature opens

    photo of Chris Pearson

    New chairs appointed for Appropriations, Education, Judiciary and Health Care.

    Marijuana legalization supporters join forces

    A supporter of the legalization of marijuana. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

    Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana combines groups that believe the prohibition of marijuana has failed. They will advocate for legalization and regulation of the drug in the legislative session that begins Wednesday.

    Rookie lawmakers ready to tackle tough issues

    Freshman Reps. Diana Gonzalez, Paul Dame and Amy Sheldon.

    Republican Paul Dame, Progressive Diana Gonzalez and Democrat Amy Sheldon are poised to make a difference when the Legislature convenes this week.

    Year in Review: VTDigger’s Top 10 stories of 2014

    Health Care Rally, May 1, 2011. VTD/Terry Allen.

    The death, or near death, of Vermont’s independent pursuit of a single payer health care system is the No.1 story, as voted by VTDigger staff. Vermont Yankee, IBM, DCF, Vermont Health Connect and the surprising general election also figured prominently.

    Year in Review: VTDigger’s Top 10 most-viewed stories in 2014

    wemu.org 
http://wemu.org/post/first-friday-focus-environment-campaign-financing

    The Vermont Legislature’s resolution calling for a constitutional convention to reverse the Supreme Court decision on Citizens’ United made the “front page of the Internet.”

    Federal funds help libraries upgrade Internet service

    Lt. Gov. Phil Scott speaks at a news conference Wednesday at Aldrich Public Library in Barre. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

    Nearly one-quarter of Vermont’s public libraries will offer the fastest available Internet speeds, thanks to a federally funded program. The service is crucial to Vermonters who don’t have Internet access of their own.

    State slows down Windham Economic Development Program

    The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.

    Gov. Peter Shumlin awarded less than half of the first $2 million in money from Entergy to offset economic losses from Vermont Yankee closing. State needs to provide more guidance for applicants, he said.

    Federal grant to support Vermont pre-kindergarten

    Preschool children at the Ira Allen School in Burlington fidget as Gov. Peter Shumlin speaks.. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

    State officials have announced $33 million in federal funds to provide pre-kindergarten services. The Shumlin administration is implementing universal pre-k over the next two years.

    Gruber apologizes on Capitol Hill

    Jonathan Gruber FOX

    Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor hired by the Shumlin administration to conduct economic modeling of a single-payer health care plan, told Washington lawmakers Tuesday that he was sorry for remarks that referred to taxpayer “stupidity.”

    Auditor questions state’s role in liquor sales

    Shopping at a New Hampshire State Liquor Store. Photo by Joe Shlabotnik/Creative Commons https://www.flickr.com/photos/joeshlabotnik/

    A report by State Auditor Doug Hoffer suggests privatizing the distribution of liquor and recommends other changes in Liquor Control operations. State says the current system works just fine.

    Marijuana legalization foes organize for Vermont debate

    A marijuana plant at a Colorado grow operation. Photo by Brent Levin/Creative Commons

    A Vermont group opposed to legalizing marijuana has joined forces with a national organization, in preparation for an expected debate in the pending legislative session.

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