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Report on Vermont Health Connect finances added to budget adjustment

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House lawmakers gave preliminary approval to a mid-year correction in the FY2015 budget after requiring that financial information on the state health exchange be delivered by March 11.

GlobalFoundries pegged for $2.5M state incentive

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The Vermont Enterprise Fund wasn’t created to benefit a single company, but the creation of the fund coincided with growing concerns about International Business Machines Inc. selling or relocating its chip-making plant.

Shumlin budget proposal would close 911 call centers in Derby, Rutland

David Tucker, executive director of Vermont's Enhanced 911 board, demonstrates how 911 texting works in the Statehouse in Montpelier on Monday. Photo by Viola Gad/VTDigger

911 call centers in Derby and Rutland would be closed as part of the administration’s proposal to cut the FY2016 budget.

‘No’ vote will stand in VT Early Educators union election

The Vermont Labor Relations Board will not conduct a new election for the Vermont Early Educators United American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and has answered an objection to how late ballots in a union election were handled by the board and its staff. In a decision issued Dec. 31, the state labor board issued a […]

Gun rights group, Shumlin oppose Senate gun bill

Ed Cutler

Supporters of gun rights lobbied lawmaker at the Statehouse on Tuesday to oppose a bill requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales.

House approves ban on microbeads

A microbead we found in the Gulf of Maine in 2013. Photo courtesy Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean.

In one of its first acts of the session, the Vermont House gave preliminary approval to bill banning the manufacture and sale of plastic beads used as exfoliants.

Second public hearing on GMO labeling rules set for Feb. 4

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has scheduled a second public hearing on a proposed rule to label food products that contain genetically modified ingredients. The hearing will be held from 5-6 p.m. Feb. 4 in Room 10 of the Statehouse in Montpelier, AG Bill Sorrell said in a news release. The Vermont Legislature passed a […]

Brattleboro, Bennington editors get promotions, new roles

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Brattleboro Reformer executive editor Tom D’Errico has been promoted to content marketing manager for New England Newspapers Inc., while Michelle Karas, the managing editor of the Bennington Banner, has been appointed managing editor of the Reformer.

House Appropriations unanimously supports budget adjustment bill

Rep. Mitzi Johnson, D-Grand Isle. VTD file/Josh Larkin.

Legislators make minimal changes to Gov. Peter Shumlin’s proposal. Language that would require the judiciary to submit a plan for $500,000 in cuts was struck.

NEK development officials vote to oppose large wind projects

Economic development officials in the Northeast Kingdom recently voted against any new development of utility-scale wind projects in the region, citing concerns over community division. The executive committee for the Northeastern Vermont Development Association voted unanimously to recommend that the regional planning commission oppose future wind projects. The recommendation must be approved by the commission’s […]

Senate committee to take up paid leave this week

Senate Majority Leader Phil Baruth summarizes the priorities for the 2014 legislative session, as identified by caucus members Thursday. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDigger

Bill would grant 56 hours of leave to Vermont workers to deal with illness or other emergency situations.

Luxury housing market is brisk in Stowe

This home on Birch Hill in Stowe has a room with about a dozen sides, with stained glass and surround sound. Photo by Glenn Callahan/Stowe Reporter

Overall, Stowe reported 14 sales of homes priced at $900,000 or above, making 2014 the strongest year in the luxury market since 2009.

Vermont requests federal disaster declaration for December storm

Vermont is seeking federal disaster relief to repair damage caused by a snow and ice storm in December. The Dec. 9-12 storm caused about $4 million in damage, according to a preliminary assessment by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Damage of $1 million or more qualifies for FEMA disaster consideration. Ten counties — Addison, Chittenden, […]

Group urges Burlington to preserve open lands

Abenaki Vermonter Dee Bright Star speaks at meeting on land preservation at Burlington City Hall. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger

A proposal to build a housing development on Burlington College campus should be delayed to allow more public comment, Save Open Space says.

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