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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    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.

    Milne taking Thanksgiving holiday to weigh his options

    Republican gubernatorial challenger Scott Milne unveiled his plan for growing Vermont's economy Wednesday afternoon, less than two weeks before the general election. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    Scott Milne, the Republican runner-up in governor’s race, is taking time to weigh whether to actively campaign for lawmakers’ votes in choosing a winner. He also criticizes Shumlin economic analyst Jonathan Gruber.

    Father of Dezirae Sheldon sues state

    Patricia Holden and her niece, Dezirae Sheldon. Holden's brother is Dezirae's biological father. Courtesy photo

    Willis Sheldon files civil suit against the state, the Department for Children and Families and a social worker over the death of his daughter, who was under state supervision. The new husband of Dezirae’s mother is accused of killing the child.

    Lawmakers briefed on RAND marijuana study

    Beau Kilmer (right), co-director of the Rand Drug Policy Research Center, and Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding brief lawmakers Wednesday on the RAND study of marijuana legalization in Vermont. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    In January, the legislature will receive a report on the implications of legalizing marijuana. On Wednesday, lawmakers got an interim briefing from a lead researcher. He promised a “near book-length treatise” touching on all aspects of the issue.

    Shumlin committed to single payer, vows to listen, learn

    Gov. Peter Shumlin spoke about his plans for the next term at a news conference Wednesday in Montpelier. Shumlin holds a lead over Republican Scott Milne in the general election, but neither candidate achieved a majority, leaving it up to the Legislature to choose the next governor. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    “It’s clear (from the election results) that on any issue there was a very clear message to this governor to listen, learn, reflect, be more inclusive,” Gov. Peter Shumlin says in wide-ranging news conference.

    Photo Slideshow: Election 2014

    Bruce Baroffio waits to vote at Northfield High School on election day. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    Vermonters had some surprises for the state’s ruling party on Election Day. VTDigger captured some of the action in this photo gallery.

    Feliciano rejects spoiler label in governor’s race

    Dan Feliciano's son, Daniel (right) marches in a parade at the Harvest Festival in Underhill on Saturday, Sept. 27. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

    Libertarian candidate Dan Feliciano, who finished third, says his supporters did not cost Scott Milne the election and says his foray into statewide politics is not over.

    Republicans gain two seats in Vermont Senate

    Sen. Anthony Pollina, P/D-Washington, and Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, greet voters outside Montpelier City Hall on Nov. 4, 2014. Photo by Anne Galloway

    The GOP will have nine senators next session as Dustin Degree picked up a seat vacated by Don Collins in Franklin County and Brian Collamore won a seat in Rutland County. Incumbents Anthony Pollina and Mark MacDonald survive stiff challenges.

    Condos predicts better election reporting

    An AccuVote ballot counting machine, worth about $6500, in the Secretary of State's Montpelier office. Vermont owns 185 such machines. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana

    Secretary of State looks to improve upon the 87 percent of town clerks who filed results using the state’s online reporting system on primary night.

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