Vermont legislature

John McClaughry: The latest big idea in Montpelier — taxing services

*+-Sen. Tim Ashe may think extending the sales tax to services is a brilliant solution. But politically, it’s not.

Marc Sherman: Legislature needs to see cumulative effect

*+-Businesses need the Vermont Legislature to not push any harder and let us recover from the still lagging economy.

Don Turner: The right to bear arms

*+-Our respect for firearms and the Vermonters who own them is part of what has made Vermont what it is today – one of the safest states in the country.

John McClaughry: The Legislature’s final four

*+-It’s too soon to predict how differences between the House and the Senate will be resolved, but the outline of their likely product is emerging.

Education tax rate increase lower than last year

Mark Perrault

*+-Lawmakers are looking for $16 million in new money to cover education spending this year. The rate increase legislators passed last year generated $50 million for the education fund.

Hunger Awareness Day at the Vermont Statehouse is Friday

*+-News Release — Vermont Foodbank April 9, 2015 Contact: Judy Stermer, Vermont Foodbank c. 802-505-0699 Suggested Tweets: Hunger exists in #VT. Friday, @VermontFoodbank takes to the State House: .@VermontFoodbank is at the State House bc hunger exists in every VT community   Montpelier, VT—The Vermont Foodbank will be at the Vermont […]

Bill Schubart: Legislature needs to shift into high gear

*+-We’ve studied and nibbled around the edges of our recurring problems for too long.

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Spooky Statehouse

*+-VTDigger’s legislative tracker is a one-stop shop for links to stories about important bills.

Property transfer tax increase eyed for lake cleanup

Kim Greenwood Lauren Hierl

*+-Water quality bill with funding will get final approval Thursday before it goes to the House Appropriations Committee.

Lawmakers drop bill allowing towns to regulate drinking water supplies

Berlin Pond is the source of the Capital City's drinking water. It's accessibility for recreational uses has caused a rift between the city and town. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

*+-The bill received stiff opposition from the fishing and sporting community, as well as the Shumlin administration.

House Health Care Committee close to a vote on $70 million reform package

Bill Lippert

*+-The package includes a modified payroll tax and a sugar-sweetened beverage levy.

Margolis: Shumlin hints at compromise

Gov. Peter Shumlin (center) speaks with Lt. Gov. Phil Scott (left) and Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell, D-Windsor after his budget address at the Statehouse Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

*+-There’s a long way to go in a challenging legislative session, but the often-feisty Gov. Peter Shumlin is not drawing any lines in the sand as long as lawmakers achieve his overall goals.

House approves major renewable energy overhaul

Don Turner

*+-Bill would require utilities to sell renewable energy to customers and reduce the use of fossil fuels. A late GOP attempt to remove a provision fails.

Senate committee OKs bill regulating rent-to-own stores

*+-The Senate Economic Development Committee voted Tuesday to approve legislation regulating the business practices of rent-to-own companies. The bill, S.73, passed 4-0 with Sen. Ann Cummings, D-Washington, absent. Two rent-to-own companies, Aaron’s and Rent-A-Center, operate 14 stores in Vermont, where they lease new and used furniture and electronics for what advocates say is two and […]

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