Vermont legislature

Shumlin orders another $17 million in budget cuts

Gov. Peter Shumlin and Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding announced a reduction in revenue forecasts for fiscal year 2015 at a news conference Thursday, July 24. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

State agencies were directed Wednesday to find $17 million in savings during the current fiscal year, on top of $31 million in earlier cuts. Legislators challenge administration’s authority to do so.

Joe Benning: The vote for governor

This legislator feels a responsibility to explain his intended vote to his constituents.

Bob Hartwell: A prescription for change

If the Democratic legislative majority does not take serious action to work to change direction, it will be the next target of voter ire.

Milne taking Thanksgiving holiday to weigh his options

Republican gubernatorial challenger Scott Milne unveiled his plan for growing Vermont's economy Wednesday afternoon, less than two weeks before the general election. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

Scott Milne, the Republican runner-up in governor’s race, is taking time to weigh whether to actively campaign for lawmakers’ votes in choosing a winner. He also criticizes Shumlin economic analyst Jonathan Gruber.

Bea Grause: Lower costs, cover everyone, protect choice

Vermont’s not-for-profit hospitals look forward to working with the Legislature to advance policies essential to providing more affordable health care for every Vermonter.

#VTDchat: Post-election Twitter chats start Tuesday

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Join VTDigger reporters from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. this Tuesday and Nov. 24 for Twitter chats about post-election, pre-session issues at #VTDchat.

James Haslam: Election a wake-up call for politicians

It is clear that unless thousands of us speak up and demand action, we will get another two years of lip service, excuses, and more of the status quo.

Shumlin committed to single payer, vows to listen, learn

Gov. Peter Shumlin spoke about his plans for the next term at a news conference Wednesday in Montpelier. Shumlin holds a lead over Republican Scott Milne in the general election, but neither candidate achieved a majority, leaving it up to the Legislature to choose the next governor. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

“It’s clear (from the election results) that on any issue there was a very clear message to this governor to listen, learn, reflect, be more inclusive,” Gov. Peter Shumlin says in wide-ranging news conference.

Vermont Progressive Party makes modest gains despite national, statewide political climate

The Vermont Progressive Party increased its House Caucus from 5 to 7 members, and maintained 3 seats in the Senate (10%).

Analysis: Many voters stayed home rather than back Shumlin

Gov. Peter Shumlin enters the room at the Hilton. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

With turnout hovering around 43 percent, observers say many voters were turned off by incumbent Peter Shumlin. About 33,500 more voters backed fellow Democrat Peter Welch in his House race than Shumlin for governor.

Milne tends to business, family while planning next move

Republican candidate for governor Scott Milne speaks with editors at the Valley News in West Lebanon, N.H., on October 22, 2014. Photo by Sarah Priestap/Valley News

“We’re just trying to understand all the fundamental things, and then all the technical and strategic things will follow.”

Lawmakers likely to stick with secret ballot

Governors race

When the Legislature chooses the next governor in January, they will probably do so in secret, relying on long-ago legal precedents. Runnerup Scott Milne has yet to concede or request a recount.

Video + Story: GOP tells Shumlin to shut down Vermont Health Connect

House minority leader Don Turner speaks at a Republican news conference Friday. Photo by Anne Galloway

Republican leaders say lawmakers must draft legislation immediately because “the chaos and mismanagement continues.” Minority leader Don vowed to work with Democrats and Progressives to develop a bipartisan proposal that would be taken up the first week in January and signed into law before the budget address.

David Sunderland: Honored by support for VTGOP’s new direction

With a large majority of Vermonters expressing a desire for a new governor, it is clear there is no mandate for further mismanagement of state government or the policies that have put Vermonters in financial jeopardy and more of our jobs in peril.

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