Politics

VTDigger regularly publishes stories about Vermont politics. We cover state elections, the Vermont Legislature, the governor’s office, state agencies and major political parties. Jasper Craven covers politics for VTDigger. He can be reached at [email protected]

Margolis: Good score on the midterm, but more tests to come

The governor and House speaker are both taking credit for a budget that doesn’t raise taxes. But part of the reason is Democrats’ fear of Donald Trump and his anticipated funding cuts.

Photo Gallery: Montpelier marchers stick up for science

Scores of people descended on the Statehouse on Earth Day with signs bearing clever, angry, humorous and pointed slogans to call for support of research and evidence-based public policies.

Senate budget package looks to teachers’ retirement

The budget passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee includes increases for state colleges, childcare and more.

Dieng seeks to be second ‘New American’ on Burlington City Council

Ali Dieng, raised in Senegal, is one of three Democrats seeking a city council seat vacated by Tom Ayres. Former Republican City Councilor Vince Dober is also running for the New North End post in a special election in June.

Newport, Derby residents bring Welch wish list

Infrastructure, ‘hole’ in the ground top priorities for federal support.

Scott rolls out lengthy ‘got it done’ list after 100 days

The accomplishments he counted include the House’s restrained budget and the settlements in the EB-5 fraud case. But “everything is harder than I thought,” he said when asked about a failure.

Legislature allows Agency of Digital Services to be created

legislative panel has approved Gov. Phil Scott’s proposal for a new Agency of Digital Services that will handle the state’s information technology needs. The House Energy and Technology Committee voted unanimously Friday to allow Scott’s executive order creating the agency to go into law. Scott’s administration has told the Legislature the proposal is “budget-neutral.” In […]

Sanders boosts Senate re-election war chest to nearly $4M

He hasn’t said whether he is running again in 2018, and the Vermont Republican Party said fielding a challenger to the popular junior senator isn’t an immediate priority.

Margolis: How to avoid a political hangover

Liquor Control Commissioner Patrick Delaney should have thought before disparaging a product that’s more American than apple pie.

Disagreement brews over police decertification bill

Problem officers can continue to work in law enforcement after on-the-job misconduct.

Lawmakers on a path to early adjournment on May 6

A sure sign of spring in the Statehouse Friday: Vermont Senate committees are shutting down for the year. It’s also a sign that adjournment is not far off. Every year, committees that meet in the morning, which includes policy-focused committees like Judiciary and Agriculture, top holding meetings every year several weeks before the Legislature adjourns. […]

Senate Appropriations differs with House on AHS grants, hotel vouchers

The Senate budget writing committee plans to finalize a spending plan within the next ten days.

House rescinds Scott executive order

The order would have merged the Lottery Commission with the Department of Liquor Control.

Morning Consult: Vermont senators have highest approval rating in the nation

The online pollster gave Republican Gov. Phil Scott Scott a 68 percent rating among Vermonters.