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Statement of Vermont Paid Sick Days Coalition on Senate decision to reconsider H.187

News Release — Vermont Paid Sick Deays Coalition Feb. 4, 2016 Contact: Annie Accettella, Paid Sick Days Campaign Manager: [email protected] / 802-552-0151 STATEMENT OF ANNIE ACCETTELLA, PAID SICK DAYS CAMPAIGN MANAGER: “The legislative process has many twists and turns, but we remain committed to fighting for the rights that Vermont’s working families deserve.We hope the Senators […]

Senate gives initial approval to paid sick leave bill

The legislation could morph before a final vote on Wednesday: A number of amendments that could alter sick day rules will likely be considered.

Montpelier sneak peek: More midnight madness in the making

A non-adjournment witching hour session is unheard of, and the fact that it occurred in the very first month of the session is not a good sign for lawmakers who like regular sleep intervals.

Margolis: Burlington’s gun restrictions aren’t a ‘local control’ issue after all

Vermont is a strong Dillon’s Rule state, “one of the most centrally controlled states,” where “local control is kind of a myth.”

Montpelier Sneak Peek: End of session deja vu? Pot, paid leave and Act 46 on the table

Act 46 cap change hits House floor; Sears wants a ban on homegrown pot; Paid leave debate gets political with Dems bashing Lt. Gov. Phil Scott.

Welch urges state action to counter prescription drug prices

Vermont lawmakers can push for greater transparency around prescription drug pricing and take other steps to try to curb high drug prices, Welch said Friday.

Updated: Budget has $38 million savings, $30 million new revenue

For the first time since Gov. Peter Shumlin took office in 2011, the budget he presented is in line with projected state revenues and relies on almost no one-time revenue.

Updated: Shumlin eyes Medicaid changes for women, tax on doctors

Gov. Peter Shumlin is proposing to raise taxes on independent doctors and dentists, provide long-acting birth control to more low-income women, and cut some pregnant women from Medicaid to help balance the state’s budget.

Budget’s growth rate greeted with relief, suspicion

Reaction to Gov. Peter Shumlin’s budget address Thursday ranged from praise for keeping down the growth of spending to major questions about a proposal to drop some pregnant women from Medicaid and have them sign up for the state’s health care exchange instead.

Text of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s 2016 budget address

The governor says: “Let’s remember where we started. Five years ago, our state was staggering from the blows of the Great Recession, revenues were in free-fall, and there were no easy choices. Vermont’s General Fund revenues had fallen by nearly 15 percent, and we were faced with a $176 million budget gap.”

Don Turner: Replace the education funding formula

Our statewide education funding model has outlived its useful life and become an enormous economic burden requiring immediate reform.

Mark Higley & Larry Fiske: VPIRG’s postcard drive called into question

Editor’s note: This commentary is by state Rep. Mark Higley, R-Lowell, who represents Lowell, Jay, Westfield, Troy and Eden in the Vermont House of Representatives, and Rep. Larry Fiske, R-Enosburg Falls, who represents Enosburg and Montgomery. e would like to make Vermonters aware of some concerns we have with a petition drive by Energy Independent […]

VIDEO Inside the Golden Bubble with Mark Johnson: Pot, education funding, Trump and Sanders

Speaker Shap Smith, Rep. Patti Komline and Rep Chris Pearson discuss key legislative issues.

Senate Judiciary to hold public hearings on marijuana legalization

News Release — Senate Judiciary Committee Date: January 13, 2016 Contact: Penny Carpenter Phone: 802-882-2278 Fax: 802-882-2424 E-mail: [email protected] Public Hearings on bills: S.241 An act relating to personal possession and cultivation of cannabis and the regulation of commercial cannabis establishments S.95 An act relating to regulation and taxation of marijuana The Senate Committee of […]

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