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Watch Windham County Senate debate

Brattleboro Community Television filmed a debate featuring four candidates competing in the Democratic primary for the state Senate. The Windham County Democratic Committee sponsored the forum held on Thursday; James Valente, partner at the Brattleboro law firm Costello, Valente & Gentry, P.C., moderated the debate. Four candidates are contending for the two seats in the Democratic […]

Former Ag chief Roger Allbee seeks Windham Senate seat

This article is by Mike Faher of the Brattleboro Reformer, in which it was first published June 11, 2014. TOWNSHEND — Roger Allbee’s run for state Senate is all about experience, he says. That’s not to say he has experience as a legislator. Rather, Allbee believes his leadership positions — he is chief executive officer […]

Galbraith leaves open seat in Windham County

Sen. Peter Galbraith, D-Windham, a member of the Natural Resources and Energy Committee, sponsored the original forest integrity bill.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Senate Democrat Peter Galbraith, who often crossed swords with party leaders, will retire to focus on solutions to the Syrian civil war. Two hopefuls step in.

Vernon tax break will expire in 2019

After extended negotiations in Montpelier, the town’s property owners now know when their valuable tax break will expire.

Legislative wrap: Lawmakers used second half of the biennium to plan for Green Mountain Care

Gov. Peter Shumlin after the GMO labeling press conference on May 8, 2014.  Photo by John Herrick

Without a funding proposal from the administration, lawmakers began to prepare for universal health coverage the best they could, while adding minor reforms.

Galbraith hints at administration’s health care funding plan

Sen. Peter Galbraith, D-Windham, a member of the Natural Resources and Energy Committee, sponsored the original forest integrity bill.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Senator says Shumlin weighing combination of premiums, payroll tax and gross receipts tax to pay for universal coverage.

Senate signs off on budget bill

Senators consider the budget bill Tuesday at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

Galbraith’s attempts to modify the governor’s $4.5 million Enterprise Investment Fund plan fall short.

Senate tries to ban sale of powdered alcohol products

Screenshot from CBS This Morning.

Federal regulators this month gave and then rescinded approval of Palcohol, which is mixed with water to create an alcoholic beverage.

Senate gives initial approval to $5.5 billion budget

Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell, D-Windsor, mediates a disagreement over whether Sen. Peter Galbraith should be allowed to reference corporate salaries in his comments on business incentives. Sen. Richard Mazza (left) speaks with Galbraith. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

The Senate version would raise General Fund spending by 3.7 percent and overall spending by 4.2 percent. It includes $28.6 million to fund retired teachers’ health care and medical benefits, and shuffles some departmental responsibilities.

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.

Senate kills bill giving towns more input in siting solar projects

If the bill had passed, the Public Service Board would not have been able to waive town zoning and screening bylaws in decisions about whether to approve energy generation projects through the Section 248 review process.

Developers, administration chop down forest fragmentation bill

A grove of white pine in the Morristown Town Forest. Photo by Audrey Clark.

Measure that would require Act 250 review for some forest development projects is pared back to a study.

Senate committee pulls financing language from single-payer bill

David Drexler/Creative Commons

Finance committee strikes nearly all of a bill by Sen. Peter Galbraith that called for a payroll tax to help fund universal health care.

Tom Koch: The train wreck of single payer

It’s time to figure out that if what we have been doing to reform the health care system hasn’t been working, we need to try something else … but that’s not what’s happening in Montpelier.

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