Janet Ancel

House Speaker casts tie vote killing statewide teacher health care contract

The House voted 74-73 to support Gov. Phil Scott’s plan to sweep up $26 million in health care savings through the creation of a statewide benefit.

Lawmakers look to bank on TDI money for Lake Champlain cleanup

Lawmakers hope to borrow against future proceeds from Transmission Developers, Inc. and put the money toward the $25 million a year needed for lake clean up.

House works with Tax Department to find $5M in revenue

Rep. Janet Ancel, D-Calais, said the bill will not raise taxes but will increase collections by stepping up enforcement, including taking money directly from bank accounts.

Supporters of ‘green burials’ seek change in law

The measure would permit burials at a depth of at least 3½ feet, compared with the current 5-foot state requirement.

Lawmakers say holes in Scott plan likely to sink it

House Ways and Means identified issues with the timing and constitutionality of the education overhaul, while the tax commissioner acknowledged a major financial gap.

Amazon.com to collect Vermont sales tax

Political and business leaders said the decision puts the online retail giant and small businesses on a level playing field.

Tim Ashe: The pragmatic Progressive takes Senate helm

Insiders say Ashe may become the bridge between a Republican governor, a Progressive, Democratic lieutenant governor and a Democratic majority Legislature.

Audit questions state web portal fees

Doug Hoffer: “This system, for a variety of reasons, doesn’t seem like it is properly monitored.”

Lawmakers look to curb state funds for EB-5 program

Agency secretary can’t say how much the Jay Peak developers, who allegedly diverted $200 million in investor funds, owe in fees to the Vermont EB-5 Regional Center.

Pot bill with home-grow provision faces final committee hurdle

The latest incarnation of the bill, S.241, passed the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday on a vote of 7 to 4. Its final stop before a potential floor vote is House Appropriations.

Pot amendment would legalize, license growing plants at home

A proposal before House Ways and Means would raise revenue by charging a fee on licenses to grow two marijuana plants at home.

Tax writers want more oversight of VEGI program

The Ways and Means Committee wants to extend the program for three years at a time, have an independent party conduct an audit, and require greater legislative oversight.

In evening session, House panel finalizes $48M tax package

Taxes and fees account for $38.7 million of the total; new revenues for the transportation fund come in at $9.6 million.

House backs reform of driver’s license suspension system

Some lawmakers raised concern that the changes to the system would shift a financial burden onto other, law-abiding drivers.