Lou Varricchio - Watchdog.org

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. He has written, produced and hosted several science documentaries distributed nationwide through Public Radio International and American Public Radio. Lou can be reached at [email protected]

Lake Champlain and the high cost of clean water

By   /  January 19, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Federal government, News, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

The enormous cost of cleaning up Lake Champlain became apparent this week when Vermont Treasurer Beth Pierce announced a multi-million-dollar annual funding plan that would take 20 years to fully realize.

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Vermont House has 90 days to review Scott’s restructuring plan

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Economy, Governor, Legislature, News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Bruce Parker

Forty eight hours after Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed executive orders to merge the state’s liquor control and lottery commission, create a new Agency of Economic Opportunity, restructure IT resources, and blend tourism and marketing with state commerce functions, news reporters were asking “how” and “why.

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Scott to merge liquor and lottery, add tourism and marketing to commerce

By   /  January 17, 2017  /  News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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The Scott administration announced Friday that restructuring changes will eliminate the Department of Tourism and Marketing and also merge the Department of Liquor Control with the Lottery Commission.

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Analysis: Vermont’s new governor completes busy first week in office

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  Governor, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Michael Bielawski

With week one of his first term in the history books, Gov. Phil Scott has begun to make good on key campaign promises, but he still has a lot of work and consensus building ahead.

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Successes, challenges facing Vermont’s young children and families

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  News, Vermont  /  No Comments


Less than a week after becoming Vermont’s new governor, Phil Scott is already championing areas of action and concern outlined during his 2016 campaign, especially on issues of children and families.

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Proposed rule changes could threaten Vermont’s school choice

By   /  January 11, 2017  /  Education, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Bruce Parker

Proposed rule changes that affect independent schools caused an uproar at two well-attended public events last month, but opposing parties say they are aware of each other’s viewpoints and are continuing talks.

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