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Bill setting prevailing wage for some state construction jobs languishes

Warren road crew member Elwin Chambers waits as his truck is loaded with fill. VTD/Josh Larkin

A procedural vote has hung up the administration’s initiative to move state construction contracts to federal standards for prevailing wages.

Senators settle on graduated minimum wage increase

A Senate panel endorsed a new minimum wage proposal Friday that would phase in increases over a four-year period. The bill, H.552, which was approved in a unanimous 5-0 vote, would increase the minimum wage to $9.15 in January 2015; $9.60 in January 2016; $10 in January 2017 and $10.50 in 2018. It heads next […]

At least six minimum wage plans swirl around the Statehouse

Lawmakers in the Senate Economic Development Committee look at graphs illustrating a slight dip in services for some low-income earners if the minimum wage increases. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

A half-dozen proposals are afoot for raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour or higher. The difference is mostly in how quickly each proposal gets there.

IBM likely candidate for proposed $4.5 million incentive

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The computer chip maker’s rumored sale has policy makers planning contingencies. They want IBM or other anchor businesses to stay in Vermont, or others to move here — now and down the road.

Inside the Golden Bubble: Shumlin’s reluctance to share details of single payer pains supporters

The Statehouse in Montpelier in January 2014. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Democrats like Senate Pro Tem John Campbell may not have a contingency plan, but the governor’s intransigence risks alienating the base of support for universal health care.

Story + video: Senate gives initial OK to health care reform bill — in the absence of a financing plan from the governor

Gov. Peter Shumlin address participants in a Vermont Health Connect forum held at Capitol Plaza  Hotel in Montpelier last month. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Shumlin reiterated at a Thursday news conference that he wasn’t hiding the plan from lawmakers or the public; rather he just wants the plan to be fully vetted before its release.

Lack of certainty over universal health care hurts recruiting, hospitals say

Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Officials from three Vermont hospitals say they can’t tell prospective employees what impact health care reform will have on jobs.

Medicare proposal linked to universal health care criticized

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The amendment offered by Sen. Tim Ashe would require Medicare recipients to “opt-in” for secondary coverage through Green Mountain Care.

Senate OKs child care workers unionization after lengthy debate

Child care workers testified in force at a Statehouse public hearing on Wednesday evening. Those in red represented the Vermont Workers Center, while those in blue supported the legislation, and those in white opposed it. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana

Senators spar over whether child care providers are businesses or individuals. Bill advances, 22-8.

Kevin Mullin: A commonsense way to improve community dental health

My bill asks that the commissioner of health, in consultation with Vermont’s dentists and dental care advocates, create a Community Dental Health Coordinators pilot program.

Bill that would prevent workers from being penalized for taking sick time clears Senate committee

Bill Barbour, who works in utilities for Sodexo at UVM’s Cook Commons Dining Hall, washes dishes during his morning shift. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Measure inspired by Sodexo policy that creates point system for employee absences approved by Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee.

Senate backs lakeshore development bill

The beauty of mile-long Silver Lake has inspired the prose of writers and intense loyalty from the hikers and family who return there year after year to picnic, swim, or camp at tent sites hidden along the shore at left. Photo by M. Dickey Drysdale

There are no statewide standards for shoreland development in Vermont. According to a 2013 report on Vermont’s lakes, the state’s natural shoreline vegetation is less than the national average.

Bill supports remote monitoring for home health clients

Sen. Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland. VTD/Josh Larkin

Home health companies in Vermont want the Agency of Human Services to pay for telemonitoring services for Medicaid beneficiaries. Medicare and private insurers already pay for the service, which yields significant savings by reducing hospital admissions, said Peter Cobb, director of the Vermont Assembly of Home Health and Hospice agencies. Telemonitoring in a home health […]

Vermont Senate endorses campaign finance bill with little enthusiasm

Campaign finance reports were due to on Friday. Photo by Kevin Rawlings

The bill, which was originally conceived of as a vehicle for reform of the current system, was seen by many as a step backward.

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