Vermont legislature

Rama Schneider: Of education and opportunities

The inability of Vermont’s House of Representatives to push through wholesale, centrally mandated school district consolidation has presented us with an opportunity to restate a basic Vermont value: local voices matter.

Scheuermann, Ralston form legislative PAC

Reps. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, and Paul Ralston, D-Middlebury, have proposed a new economic development strategy to grow business within the state. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

Republican Heidi Scheuermann and Democrat Paul Ralston launch group to help fund legislative candidates who share their vision on economic development.

Becca Balint exceeds fundraising goal

Democratic candidate for the Vermont State Senate, Becca Balint of Brattleboro, has raised more than $10,000 since the launch of her campaign at the beginning of this summer–far exceeding her goal of raising $7,000 by the state’s first campaign finance disclosure deadline.

Legislative action saved poor Vermonters $60 a month in food stamp benefits, officials say

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Among the cuts in the federal Farm Bill was a change that would have caused low-income Vermonters whose rent includes heat to lose benefits.

Vermont Supreme Court overturns state law on DNA collection

Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court John Dooley. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

In a 3-2 ruling, the state’s highest court determined it is unconstitutional to take DNA samples from every person arraigned on a felony charge. Law enforcement officials unhappy.

Washington Electric Co-op resumes net metering

News Release — Washington Electric Co-op July 10, 2014 Washington Electric Co-op is excited to announce that it is accepting applications for Net Metering in its service territory. The Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) issued a letter today indicating that the WEC net metering plan has been approved. This means WEC can resume taking net […]

Hottest House and Senate races

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Dems will dominate; Vermont GOP unlikely to pick up more than a handful of seats

Jill Michaels runs for House seat Windsor-Orange-2

For Release June 26, 2014 Contact: Jill Michaels Phone: (802) 765-4102 Email: [email protected] Website: www.jillforstaterep.com Jill Michaels of Strafford Running for Vermont State Representative Economic development consultant and long time Democratic activist Jill Michaels of Strafford has announced that she is running for the seat vacated by Norwich resident Kathy Hoyt. Norwich lawyer and former […]

Revolving door: Ramos shifts from senate to lobbying job

Rebecca Ramos, the former chief of staff for the state Senate, has been hired by the Necrason Group lobbying firm. Adam Necrason, president of the firm, sent out an announcement about Ramos’ hire last week. “Rebecca’s talent as a strategist and communicator, as well as her warm professionalism, will help our strong portfolio of clients […]

Grad announces re-election for Washington-7 House district

Rep. Maxine Grad, center, with Gov. Peter Shumlin, left, and Sen. Dick Mazza

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 2014 Contact: Rep. Maxine Grad Phone: (802) 496-7667 Grad Seeks Re-Election Rep. Grad has won awards for work on children, veterans’, victims and public safety issues during her decade-plus of public service MORETOWN, VT – Maxine Grad of Moretown announces her re-election, seeking an eighth term for state representative for the […]

Legislature to hire consultants to help weigh health reforms

Rep. Mike Fisher, D-Lincoln, chairman of the House Health Care Committee, hears testimony at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Legislature appropriated $800,000 to spend on health reform consulting services over the next two years. Administration also booking consultants.

Lakeshore development law takes effect Tuesday

Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains in New York as seen from the waterfront in Burlington. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

A permit is required for certain activities within a protected area of the shoreline, such as expanding existing buildings, driveways, lawns, and the overall impervious footprint of shoreline properties.

New Projects Will Support Business Internet Needs in Six Towns

From the Vermont Telecommunications Authority Montpelier, VT, June 30, 2014 - The Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) Board has approved two projects that will bring business-level Internet service to areas in Braintree, Brookfield, Putney, North Randolph, Pomfret and Sharon. The areas were identified through the VTA Business Broadband Improvement Districts (Districts) initiative and are scheduled to get fiber […]

Tom Pelham: Inevitable consequences

Sustainable spending requires that growth in government spending reasonably equate to growth in the underlying economy supporting such spending. In recent years, our state leaders have wandered from these core principles and the consequences, both fiscal and soon political, are now unfolding.

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