Michael Bielawski - Watchdog.org

A Seton Hall 2005 graduate, Michael has been writing freelance articles for various publications in and around New York City, Seoul in South Korea, upstate NY and Vermont for ten years. He currently is a staff writer at the Hardwick Gazette keeping track of rising school budgets and other rural Vermont issues. He likes best to write about health, economics, and geopolitics generally looking for angles not seen in mainstream media. At home he's very busy looking after two little boys and during free time loves to watch Stanley Kubrick films off Netflix.

State of the States report shows reducing taxes not a Shumlin focus

By   /  August 29, 2016  /  Crony Capitalism, Jobs + Growth, News, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Bruce Parker

An annual review of State of the State addresses shows that while many governors this year focused on spurring economic growth, Vermont’s governor talked about taxing pot, giving favors to preferred companies and repealing school spending caps.

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Mega-wind power project to affect largest number of homes in state

By   /  August 26, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Town of Swanton

The 28-turbine Stiles Brook Wind Project proposed by Spanish company Iberdrola Renewables, were it to go forward, would not only be the largest in the state but also the most intrusive.

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Wind turbines, education separate Minter and Scott in Vermont debate

By   /  August 23, 2016  /  Jobs + Growth, News, Politics & Elections, Vermont  /  No Comments

TWO FUTURES: Republican Phil Scott and Democrat Sue Minter had their first gubernatorial debate in Randolph, and the candidates offered different visions for the future on many key issues.

Republican Phil Scott and Democrat Sue Minter differed widely on issues in their first head-to-head gubernatorial debate last night at the Chandler Music Hall in downtown Randolph.

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Vermonters question whether wind-energy developer will honor vote

By   /  August 22, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Michael Bielawski

From community leaders to local activists, Vermonters are worried that Spanish wind-energy developer Iberdrola will renege on its promise to honor a vote on a 28-turbine wind farm proposed for Windham and Grafton.

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Abandoned home of wind turbine sufferers to become wind farm research center

By   /  August 18, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Steve Therrien

A Vermont home abandoned due to noise from local wind turbines is being turned into a research center to study the negative impacts of industrial-scale wind power projects.

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Vermonters willing to cross party lines after Minter nomination in governor’s race

By   /  August 15, 2016  /  Issues, Jobs + Growth, News, Politics & Elections, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Vermonters for a Clean Environment

With Sue Minter as the Democratic Party nominee to face off against Republican Phil Scott in the Vermont governor’s race, some lawmakers and voters outside the GOP ranks say they are leaning towards the Republican ticket.

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