Lou Varricchio is bureau chief for Vermont Watchdog. He has 20 years experience in print and broadcast journalism, including newspaper work in Pennsylvania and also in Vermont, where he was formerly managing editor of multiple New Market Press newspapers. He was a senior science writer at the NASA Ames Research Center in California, and appeared as the co-host on “Our Changing Planet,” a mini-series produced by the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium and distributed by Prairie Public Television. Lou has written, produced and hosted several science documentaries distributed nationwide through Public Radio International and American Public Radio. He is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Vermont GOP outraged after AG dismisses alleged campaign finance law violation

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

Vermont Republicans are outraged after Democrat Attorney General TJ Donovan on Friday dismissed the local GOP’s complaint of an alleged campaign finance law violation by House Majority Leader Jill Krowinski.

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Vermont Senate Finance Committee approves $2 overnight occupancy fee

By   /  March 24, 2017  /  Governor, Jobs + Growth, News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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The Vermont Senate Finance Committee on Thursday approved a $2 overnight occupancy fee, defying Republican Gov. Phil Scott’s request for no new taxes and fees this year.

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Vermont seeking recourse in Joblink employment cyber attack

By   /  March 24, 2017  /  Governor, News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Vermont may seek legal recourse against America’s Joblink Alliance after job-seekers and the Vermont Department of Labor were affected by the firm’s data breach.

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Vermont DMV’s digital motor-vehicle inspection program passes first week

By   /  March 23, 2017  /  News, State Government, Transportation, Vermont  /  No Comments

Vermont joined the Digital Age this week, at least when it came to performing high-tech, motor-vehicle inspections. Monday served as the kick off day for the state’s Automated Vehicle Inspection Program.

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State budget showdown expected next week in Vermont House

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Governor, Legislature, News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

After weeks of exchanging barbs over the state budget plan, leaders in the Vermont House are moving toward a decisive vote that could bring years of legislative overspending to a halt.

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Gov. Scott firm on Vermont budget impasse: ‘We don’t need a Plan B’

By   /  March 17, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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House members are asking Republican Gov. Phil Scott for ideas on how to fix an $18 million budget deficit, but the governor says he’s sticking by his level-funded budget that honors his promise of no new taxes or fees.

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