A spending cap that went bust, Act 46 mergers, private school rules and test scores.
Year in Review 2016
Leading headlines this year were the legal battle over the Vermont Gas pipeline and congressional pre-emption of Vermont’s GMO labeling law.
PFOA contamination of local water supplies was the biggest story of the year.
The issue of refugee resettlement divided the small city. Meanwhile, the Rutland Herald ran into financial difficulty, and a judge weighed the constitutionality of the death penalty.
A controversial wind turbine proposal and the continuing saga of Vermont Yankee decommissioning were among the county’s biggest news stories.
A head-on crash claimed the lives of five central Vermont teens and set off a high-profile court case. Earlier in the year, the Legislature wrestled with legal marijuana, license suspensions and more.
Shumlin signed the “all-payer” deal and put limits on prescription opiate use. While the UVM Health Network continued to expand its reach, Dartmouth-Hitchcock ran into financial problems.
Five major Vermont companies were sold.