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.

Email: tbrown@vtdigger.org

    Shumlin announces $4.5M cash incentive program to retain and attract businesses

    Gov. Peter Shumlin announced two economic development initiatives Monday, April 14, 2014. VTDigger image from video

    Shumlin said the fund will give the state more flexibility and discretion in its negotiations with current and prospective businesses.

    Story + video: Miller to leave Commerce to head Shumlin’s health care reform

    From left, incoming Secretary of Commerce and Community Development Patricia Moulton, Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding and new chief of health care reform Lawrence Miller. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

    Lawrence Miller named chief of health care reform, while Patricia Moulton will replace Miller as Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

    CCTA board authorizes replacement drivers in bus strike

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    CCTA late Monday authorized staff members to hire replacement bus drivers in order to end a two-week strike in Burlington. The company urged striking bus drivers to accept a new management proposal.

    Vermont 13th-most expensive state for renters, report says

    Elm Street apartments overlooking the North Branch in Montpelier. VTD/Josh Larkin

    Renters need to make $40,272 a year to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment, according to a survey by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

    Story + video: Governor signs bill purging offensive language from state statutes

    Gov. Peter Shumlin holds the 309 pages of changed in Vermont statutes during the signing of S.27 on Friday at the Statehouse.  Photo by Karen Schwartz/Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council

    Respectful language bill strips outdated and offensive descriptions from Vermont’s law books, such as the word “retarded,” which appeared at least 75 times in statute.

    Vermont environmental groups react strongly to Canadian pipeline decision

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    The Canadian government agreed to allow energy giant Enbridge to reverse the flow of tar sands crude between Ontario and Quebec. Activists worry Vermont section could be next.

    Vermont Guard waiting for details of proposed defense cuts

    The Vermont Air National Guard base in South Burlington. Creative Commons Photo/Flickr user origamidon

    Political leaders react strongly to Obama administration plans to reduce Army and National Guard troop numbers. Guard says it has to wait and see.

    Ham radio operators seek exemption from hand-held cellphone ban

    Mitch Stern of Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont talks on his ham radio. Photo courtesy of Mitch Stern

    Senate Transportation Committee takes up bill that would require Vermonters to use hands-free electronic devices while driving.

    Sanders touts benefits of early ed, higher ed in Statehouse visit + video

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to members of the House and Senate Education committees at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Feb. 19, 2014. File photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., tells members of the House and Senate Education committees in Montpelier that it’s time to accept that public education should begin before age 5.

    Senate poised to take up hand-held cellphone ban

    The Vermont Senate next week is set to take up a bill that would prohibit the use of hand-held cellphones and other devices while driving. The House gave final approval Friday to a slightly amended H.62, which requires that drivers employ hands-free technology, such as Bluetooth, when using their cellphones while driving. The bill won […]

    Lawmakers hear personal plea for ban on hand-held devices

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    Rep. Mark Huntley tells House how his son was killed in a car accident while he was changing songs on an iPhone. Bill banning hand-held devices overwhelmingly endorsed.

    Ban on hand-held cellphones while driving could reach House floor this week

    A bill banning the use of hand-held cellphones while driving could be approved by the full House this week, the chairman of the House Transportation Committee said Tuesday. Rep. Patrick Brennan, R-Colchester, said H.62 passed the committee on a 10-0 vote with one absentee Tuesday. H.62 would require drivers to use hands-free devices while using […]

    Bill to ban hand-held cellphone use while driving takes shape

    Jim Legans Jr./Creative Commons

    Vermonters would be required to have hands-free devices to use their phones while driving. Law enforcement backs the bill, governor opposes it.

    UVM faculty union claims administrative ‘salary bloat’

    The union representing faculty at the University of Vermont issued a report Monday showing that administrative salaries have more than doubled in the past 10 years. The analysis was released on the day that faculty and university officials began negotiations on a new three-year contract. Denise Youngblood, president of UVM’s local of United Academics, said […]

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