Vermont legislature

Peter Sterling: Allaying concerns on universal health care

The Legislature installed “triggers” which would prevent Green Mountain Care from being implemented if the concerns Rep. Paul Ralston cited were to occur.

Windham County Senate race one of the few competitive contests this primary season

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Only one of 13 Senate districts and 10 of 106 House districts will hold primary elections on Aug. 26.

Paul Ralston: Single-payer is the only campaign issue

Voters have seen how poorly the state has performed at health care reform, and they are more cautious about supporting something that has yet to be described.

Lawmakers test-drive Results Based Accountability model to evaluate government programs

State Sen. Diane Snelling, R-Chittenden. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Lawmakers are refining the new government accountability tool this summer and fall before shifting it into high gear for the Fiscal Year 2016 budget. Among their goals: Ask questions the administration can’t answer with cherry-picked numbers.

Sears endorses Republican incumbent Scott for lieutenant governor

Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, makes a point on the Senate floor. Photo by John Herrick

“I’m looking for balance in the leadership,” Sears said. While his endorsement of a Republican is unusual, Sears said it’s the kind of politics that’s good for Vermont.

Former legislator Marion Milne dies at 79

Former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas joins Marion and xxxx Milne as Scott Milne formally launches his campaign for governor Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger

The mother of Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne died unexpectedly Monday. Funeral to be held Friday.

Lawmakers got sneak preview of single payer financing plans

Michael Costa, deputy director of health care reform. File Photo by Hilary Niles/

Rep. Cynthia Browning says legislative leadership is complicit in withholding information from other lawmakers and the public. House Speaker Shap Smith, Gov. Howard Dean, members of the business council weigh in on the issue of executive privilege.

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

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