Internal VPIRG drama unfolds in the media

Rumors began to swirl early this week that Paul Burns, executive director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, had fired the advocacy organization’s health care lobbyist immediately after she informed him she was running for lieutenant governor. When Cassandra Gekas first filed a petition to challenge incumbent Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, the word was […]


Federal court upholds EPA standards

A federal court has upheld standards by the Environmental Protection Agency that would allow the federal government to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Vermont, along with 16 other states and the City of New York intervened on behalf of the federal agency defending those standards. In a statement, Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell said the decision […]


Nurses, Fletcher Allen reach agreement

The state’s largest hospital has reached a tentative agreement with a nurses union that will most likely avert a strike in July. According to Margaret Russell, a staffer with the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, members of the nurses union met with hospital administrators Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. A sticking point […]


AARP asks for second look at utility merger

The AARP Vermont filed a motion Tuesday afternoon asking the Vermont Public Service Board to revisit its 172-page order approving a merger between the state’s two largest utilities. In its motion, AARP asked the utility regulators to reopen the record in the case and order the utilities to pay $21 million in cash or a […]


New England group asks nuclear regulators to hold off on final decisions

A Vermont anti-nuclear group joined with dozens of other organizations this week asking the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to halt final decisions on licenses until it evaluates the environmental impacts of storing nuclear waste. The Brattleboro-based New England Coalition signed on to a petition filed Monday that asks the federal agency to suspend final licensing decisions […]