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VTDigger regularly publishes stories about Vermont politics. We cover state elections, the Vermont Legislature, the governor’s office, state agencies and major political parties. Anne Galloway covers politics for VTDigger. She can be reached at [email protected]

Margolis: How a budget increase can also be a cut

Shap Smith

In the their artistic endeavor to balance the state budget, lawmakers weigh the fact that sometimes cuts cost money.

Senate approves same-day voter registration for 2017

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

Vermont Senate approves bill that allows residents to register and vote on Election Day.

Shumlin’s chief of staff to leave after the session

Liz Miller

Liz Miller will be replaced by Darren Springer of the Department of Public Service at the end of the legislative session.

AG seeks up to $72,000 from Dean Corren for alleged campaign violations

Bill Sorrell

AG Bill Sorrell says Corren, who accepted public campaign financing in his race for lieutenant governor, violated those rules by asking the state Democratic Party to send an email to party supporters on his behalf.

Liberal caucus threatens passage of budget bill

Rep. Chris Pearson, a Burlington Progressive, said the rising income of the rich justifies placing an extra burden on them to help fund state welfare for the poor, using a chart from the state Department of Taxes. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana

If at least 20 members of the Working Vermonters Caucus join 53 House Republicans and four independents who oppose the appropriations bill, the measure could fail.

Legislative preview: Energy, guns and money on the docket

Lawmakers applaud Gov. Peter Shumlin during his budget address Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

While the budget bill dominates the Vermont Legislature this week, other measures are starting to come into focus.

Senate to take up same-day voter registration this week

The Senate will take up a same day voter registration bill this week. S.29 would allow a town clerk to add a registrant’s name to the voter checklist during regular business hours on Election Day. Under the legislation, eligible voters could fill out a registration form, and the presiding officer at the polls would inform […]

ICYMI: Catch up on the week’s top stories

Jacob and Trevor

In case you missed it: Big movement on the big money bills; the Berlin Pond bill is dead; why one GOP senator supported the gun bill; the plea against PSAP consolidation; and the plug that stopped the bleeding from the transportation fund.

Margolis: Structures, and structural change, take time

Sen. Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, is chair of the Senate Committee on Finance. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Vermont is trying to finance a 21st century government in a 21st century economy with a 20th century tax structure, lawmakers say. But at least the new blueprints are being considered.

VSEA video goes after Shumlin on campaign promises

VSEAworker

In the video, Dave Bellini, a corrections worker and VSEA member, sleeps fitfully to dreams of Gov. Peter Shumlin promising to champion the union and preserve jobs.

Benning says his ‘yes’ vote on gun bill came with concessions from Democrats

Senate Judiciary

Senate minority leader Joe Benning says he was able to remove some of the prohibited-carry crimes, and won other concessions, to secure a unanimous committee vote.

Legislative preview: Money bills take center stage

Lawmakers applaud Gov. Peter Shumlin during his budget address Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Budget cuts, how to pay for lake cleanup and health care reform to the agenda for lawmakers in Montpelier this week.

Margolis: Cutting state jobs might be good for the budget, but not for the state’s economy

Mitzi Johnson

Two truths about budget battles: (1) a reasonable case can be made for or against any proposal; (2) consistency is rare if not absent.

Bill on lobbyist advertising disclosure set for vote

Secretary of State Jim Condos (left) mingles at the Democratic bash. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

A bill that would require lobbyists to report advertising expenditures more often during the legislative session is headed for a vote in the Senate.

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