Michael Bielawski - Watchdog.org

Michael Bielawski is a freelance reporter for Vermont Watchdog. A Seton Hall 2005 graduate, Bielawski has been writing articles for various publications in and around New York City; Seoul, South Korea; and Vermont. He’s a writer for the Hardwick Gazette, keeping track of rising school budgets and rural Vermont issues. He likes to write about energy and the environment, looking for angles not seen in mainstream media. At home, he’s busy looking after two little boys. During free time, he loves to watch Stanley Kubrick films on Netflix. He can be reached at [email protected]

Environmentalists introduce bill to block public from using pond

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  News, Power Abuse, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

A bill introduced in the Vermont House aims to ban public access to Berlin Pond, reigniting the debate over water safety versus hunting, fishing and canoeing.

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Carbon tax status uncertain after first week in session

By   /  January 13, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Bruce Parker

One of the most anticipated contests of the 2017 legislative session has been the long-time coming carbon tax bill. Now a week into the session, there is no clear answer on if Democrats will take up the controversial initiative.

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Feel-good sanctuary city status comes with risk for East Montpelier

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  Federal government, Immigration, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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East Montpelier is the latest Vermont community to consider sanctuary city status for illegal immigrants, mostly as a political statement. It will also bring controversy and potentially real consequences by the federal government.

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Vermont ethics commission bill on way to Senate

By   /  January 11, 2017  /  News, Open Records, Power Abuse, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Vermont ranks among the bottom handful of states when it comes to government integrity laws, but this year lawmakers will once again attempt to enact real ethics reform.

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Reshuffling of energy committee could boost wind and solar in Vermont

By   /  January 10, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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This year, the Vermont House Committee on Energy and Technology will see a change of several members and the impact on future projects could be significant.

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Top five commitments from Gov. Scott’s inauguration speech

By   /  January 6, 2017  /  Governor, News, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Republican Gov. Phil Scott, in his first speech as Vermont’s top executive, laid out a general blueprint for reviving the state’s flagging economy, lowering the cost of living and welcoming young people and families to the state.

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