Vermont legislature

Shumlin proposes a timeout in current use program

Jim Knapp of the Department of Taxes presented a proposal to the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday to freeze the state’s current use program for three years. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

A three-year break in new enrollments in the popular land use program would boost education fund, administration says.

Investment in IT infrastructure stirs debate over capital budget

The governor’s spending plan calls for big information technology upgrades for some state departments — upgrades that many agree are overdue. But the $30 million price tag proposed to come out of the capital bill is ruffling some feathers over the source of money. At a meeting of the House Corrections and Institutions Committee on […]

Beaglemania takes over the Statehouse

Photo by Marco Bellucci/via Creative Commons

Good Grief! A bill to make the beagle Vermont’s state dog begins its romp through the Legislature.

Chittenden East blazes trail with modified school district

Andrew Pond is vice chairman of the new Mount Mansfield Modified Union School District. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger

House Education Committee hears from representative of Bolton-area elementary school districts that voted to be served by a single board.

State revenue downgrades cast shadow on rebounding economy

Economists Tom Kavet (left) and Jeffrey Carr.  Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger

State to see continuing shortfall in revenue versus projections but falling gas and oil prices serve as a windfall, state economists say.

Speaker seeks ideas for job growth in Vermont

House Speaker Shap Smith is inviting the public and other stakeholders to submit ideas to stimulate job growth and economic development in Vermont. “Vermonters want a business environment that fosters sustainable, good paying jobs that reward employers and workers alike,” Smith said in a news release. “I have instructed the Commerce Committee to explore policies […]

Mobius to host mentoring celebration at the Vermont Statehouse

Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership, will host a celebratory gathering at the Statehouse in Montpelier to highlight National Mentoring Month festivities in Vermont on Thursday, January 22, 2015.

State commission promotes awareness of women’s issues at legislative luncheon

The Vermont Commission on Women welcomed back legislators at a Capitol Plaza Hotel luncheon today sponsored by the commission’s Education and Research Foundation.

Lawmakers move to ban plastic scrubbing beads

A microbead we found in the Gulf of Maine in 2013. Photo courtesy Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean.

Synthetic microbeads found in personal care products slip through treatment plants, endangering fish. Industry agrees with ban but seeks time to implement it.

Education funding too confusing, expert says

Paul Cillo, president of the Public Assets Institute, testified before the House Education Committee. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger

How can Vermont’s economy be recovering from the recession and still see stagnant wages and rising homelessness? asks Paul Cillo of Public Assets Institute.

This week in the Statehouse: Jan. 18-23

The commission appointed by Gov. Mortimer Proctor that decided to remove the Civil War tintype portraits lining the corridor opposite the front door of the Statehouse chose to install in their place quotations that conveyed Vermont's character and ideals. Larkin Mead, raised in Brattleboro, completed this sculpture of martyred President Abraham Lincoln as a study for a larger work. Mead's widow donated the bust to the state in 1910. It formed a perfect focal point for the new Hall of Inscriptions. Photo by Nancy Graff

State revenue forecasts will be released; a gun control bill will be introduced; a sugar sweetened beverage proposed; high gas prices will be investigated; and groups will begin to react to the Shumlin administration’s budget proposal.

Legislative Preview: Legislators introduce a bevy of health bills

Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, is chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Along with the governor’s plan to raise $86 million to boost Medicaid payments, lawmakers will consider health care issues including dental practitioners, paid sick leave, and more.

Cyrus Patten: Governor’s address was preaching to the choir

It is vital that the governor and Legislature address budget reform, education funding reform, and our stagnant economy this session.

Attorney files for injunction against pretrial program

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Defender General Matthew Valerio defends the program, which was passed by the Legislature last year, amid accusations that it is unconstitutional.

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