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Telecom amendment would move costs to Internet providers

Department of Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia was elected chair of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel in Brattleboro on Thursday.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Lawmakers approved an amendment that would stop the state from using the universal service charge to hire new employees who regulate broadband Internet service providers.

House OKs increase in penalty for removing land from current use

Washington County Forester Russ Barrett said that generally, the amount of slash left on the site was not abnormal. "We will actually encourage people to leave a certain amount of slash," Barrett said. "Having it clean and neat is not as important as the erosion problems." Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

Bill would put teeth in tax program that keeps working land out of development.

Legislature, administration cast wide net to find solutions to $18.6M budget gap

Jim Reardon, Justin Johnson and Stephen Klein speak about the $18.6 million gap on Thursday. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger

From closing a prison to taking away bottled water, everything is on the table as officials scrounge to fill an $18.6 million gap left by revenue downgrade.

Vermont senators applaud FCC ruling on net neutrality

Vermont’s Senate delegation cheered a Federal Communications Commission decision Thursday to endorse net neutrality. The FCC, in a 3-2 decision, voted Thursday to regulate the Internet as a public utility, similar to a telephone company, the New York Times reported. The decision means Internet providers, such as Comcast and AT&T, would not be allowed to […]

Bill changing telecom regulatory structure emerges

Jessica Oski

Proposal would create a Division of Telecommunications and Connectivity to replace the Vermont Telecommunications Authority and be responsible for broadband Internet service.

AHS grant recipients face $10.9 million cut

mitzi johnson

Community-based organizations that provide services to Vermonters with HIV, the blind and visually impaired and more say that though the amounts may seem small, every dollar counts.

Call center consolidation plan faces wide opposition

Keith Flynn, commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. Photo by Anne Galloway

Local and state lawmakers are rallying against the administration’s proposal to consolidate two rural emergency call centers into larger regional centers.

Both sides claim wins under new FairPoint contract

IBEW 2327 members demonstrate in 2009 against FairPoint outside Seadogs Stadium in Portland, Maine. Photo by Bernard Pollack/Creative Commons

Striking workers in northern New England agree to join a cheaper health care plan, give up unlimited paid sick leave, receive lower short-term disability benefits and agreed not to include new employees in the company’s pension plan.

Legislative mandates hampering recovery, business groups say

Gov. Peter Shumlin

Vermont business groups say that they’re having trouble recovering from the Great Recession, and they say that the accumulation of mandates in Montpelier, like the payroll tax and earned leave, are holding them back.

Business groups oppose earned leave bill

The Church Street Marketplace in Burlington. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

The Vermont Retail & Grocers Association opposes legislation, arguing that employers should decide benefits packages to suit their own needs and business models.

Vermont brand adds value, but rules for claiming connection are complex

Vermont Grade A Medium Amber maple syrup for sale in a Vermont gift shop. Creative Commons photo by Raffi Asdourian via Flickr

New businesses and programs spring up to help farmers and food entrepreneurs navigate regulations.

For moderate-income families, child care is expensive and elusive

Tracy Patnoe

A shortage of affordable, high-quality child care is hurting Vermont’s economy.

House bill marks compromise in earned leave debate

Jan Blomstrann Anna Grady

A 500-hour probation period and an incremental implementation plan are part of the legislation, which could give earned leave to an estimated 60,000 Vermont workers.

Weinberger sketches public participation in Burlington College development

Mayor Miro Weinberger testifies before the Public Service Board. Photo by Hilary Niles/

The city of Burlington will include Vermont Land Trust, Champlain Housing Trust and developer Eric Farrell in the planning process for a proposed housing development on Lake Champlain.

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