Philip Baruth

Committee ditches bill seen as Act 46 escape hatch

It plans to continue work on an alternative that would offer school districts new options while stopping short of making it easier for them to avoid merging.

Education panel rejects key part of Scott’s budget plan

His proposal for overhauling education spending rests largely on having towns postpone their school budget votes until May. But lawmakers weren’t receptive to that idea Tuesday.

Digger Dialogue: Baruth has finger on the pulse of Act 46

School district mergers are moving forward at a brisk pace under the law, but the new chair of the Senate Education Committee says school mergers won’t follow unless that’s what local voters want.

Education chair plans deliberate approach to Act 46 changes

Sen. Philip Baruth wants to continue gathering ideas before crafting legislation. The panel has received one lawmaker’s proposal and input from the Vermont School Boards Association.

Senate briefed on updated sexual harassment policies

The sexual harassment rules were updated after former Senator Norm McAllister was accused of criminal sexual assault.

Main Street Alliance of Vermont Recognizes Business and Legislators of the Year

News Release — Main Street Alliance of Vermont Dec. 7, 2016 Contact: Kaycie Miltenberger, Communications Associate, Main Street Alliance of Vermont, 802-585-6242, [email protected] Stowe, VT – Main Street Alliance of Vermont held their year end celebration at the Alchemist Brewery on Sunday night where they awarded, Stephanie Hainely, COO of White + Burke, its 2016 […]

Baruth backs Ashe as next Senate President Pro Tem

The Senate majority leader has thrown his support behind Sen. Tim Ashe to be the next Senate President Pro Tempore. Sen. Philip Baruth, D-Chittenden, had been considering running for the top Senate job himself but said Friday he would support Ashe, a Democrat/Progressive, also from Chittenden County. Sen. John Campbell, the current pro tem, is […]

Baruth supports Ashe for Pro Tem

The Senate majority leader has thrown his support behind Sen. Tim Ashe to be the next Senate President Pro Tempore. Sen. Philip Baruth, D-Chittenden, had been considering running for the top Senate job himself but said Friday he would support Ashe, a Democrat/Progressive, also from Chittenden County. Sen. John Campbell, the current president pro tem, […]

Ivory legislation dies in the gulf between competing visions

“I am shocked at the Senate’s apparent desire not to negotiate our differences, placing monetary value and entrenched methodology differences clearly above the elephant’s and rhino’s impending extinction,” said Rep. Jim McCullough, an ardent supporter of a ban on most sales.

Legislators offer last rites for State Ethics Commission

Rep. Donna Sweaney said her Government Operations Committee has a full plate this week and probably wouldn’t be able to do the bill justice. Next week the House will be on the floor every day trying to wrap up business.

Elephant defenders decry ‘loophole’ in ivory ban compromise

Supporters of a stronger ban said an exception written into the Senate version might actually attract illegal sellers to Vermont. Senate leaders say tougher restrictions wouldn’t pass.

Senate panel puts off financial disclosure question

Sen. Richard Mazza, D-Colchester, does not believe financial disclosure is necessary for lawmakers.

Ashe is a definite, several other likely candidates eye Senate presidency

With Pro Tem John Campbell departing, the jockeying among possible replacements has begun.

Senate President Campbell is not running for re-election

The Senate President Pro Tempore said he will be leaving politics to run the Department of State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs after the legislative session is over.