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Report: Changes needed to meet renewable energy goals

Green Mountain Power’s 21-turbine wind project on Lowell Mountain. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The state aims to get 90 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2050. But a new report says Vermont will fall short unless new policies are put in place.

Data visualization: Personal income receipts fall short again

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General Fund shortfall grows to $18 million this fiscal year as personal income collections fall short of projections for the eighth month in a row. Administration says trend makes budget cuts all the more urgent.

State awards $2.6 million in health care reform grants

The Shumlin administration has announced $2.6 million in health care reform grants to seven organizations. The grants, revealed on Friday, will support initiatives to align doctor and hospital payments with quality outcomes, increase coordination within the health care system and create an interoperable electronic medical records system to support the sharing of patient information across organizations. […]

Randy Brock: Out of the frying pan

CGI’s designated successor, OptumInsight, hired under yet another no-bid contract, is a company whose dubious origins raise great concerns.

Administration seeks FY 2014 funding to mitigate economic impact from Vermont Yankee closing

Secretary Lawrence Miller testifies in front of the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDigger

Commerce and Community Development Secretary Lawrence Miller gave lawmakers only a general preview of the administration’s spending proposal on Tuesday, and he didn’t cite specific dollar figures.

Legislators question administration’s numbers on operating costs for Vermont Health Connect

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“When you look at this compared to other states we are at the low end,” said Mark Larson, commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access.

Curtis: Haste lays waste

One of the interesting questions swirling around the whole debate is how the administration came to its conclusion that its proposed policy is warranted. … The burden is on the administration to prove its case, but it has utterly failed to do so.

State auditor clashes with administration, towns on tax financing program

Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer.

The auditor doesn’t support the Shumlin administration’s $6 million amnesty for towns that owe money to the state.

Bill establishing social media privacy protections tabled for further study

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The decision comes after pressure from law enforcement and the Shumlin administration to delay passage of a bill this year.

A Q&A with chief of staff appointee Elizabeth Miller

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The way that I think of the chief of staff role is to carry out Gov. Shumlin’s initiatives and missions across departments and agencies from a policy point of view.

Spaulding: Waterbury State Office Complex on track “no matter what we get” from FEMA

Vermont State Hospital. VTD/Josh Larkin

A spreadsheet passed out to legislators during the briefing showed a $120 million gap between state revenues and estimated construction costs.

FEMA says Vermont State Hospital and other Waterbury buildings were not destroyed

Gov. Peter Shumlin, left, and Jeb Spaulding, secretary of the Agency of Administration, meet with reporters at the Waterbury State Office Complex on Sept. 12,  2012.

The state will not receive the 90 percent public assistance match it sought to rebuild the new state psychiatric hospital in Berlin and other facilities.

Halfway there? Shumlin administration cuts prison costs by $20 million over two years

Andrew Pallito, Commissioner of the Department of Corrections. Photo by Terry J. Allen

Twenty-one months into Shumlin’s first term, the state has about 400 fewer inmates and is spending $10 million per year less than originally projected.

Rebuffing the opacity charge

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Spaulding crashes Brock presser, spars with GOP candidate over “transparency.”

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