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Lone alderman in on refugee secret ‘stunned’ at speed of decision

By   /  July 26, 2016  /  Accountability, Immigration, Issues, News, Power Abuse, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

Rutland Community Access

A secret plan to make Rutland a permanent refugee resettlement community has divided residents and put the mayor’s political future in doubt. But at least one member of the Board of Aldermen knew about the secret, and that official told Watchdog he is “stunned” at how fast the plan was carried out.

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Vermont Lt. Gov. candidates debate health care, guns, carbon taxes

By   /  July 25, 2016  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Governor, Health Care, Jobs + Growth, News, Politics & Elections, Vermont  /  No Comments

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As candidates for Vermont’s next lieutenant governor met to debate hot issues, Democrats called for gun control, carbon taxes and universal government health care, while the sole Republican stood opposed to all three.

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Former state auditor Randy Brock challenges Democrats on ‘free’ college

By   /  July 22, 2016  /  Economy, Education, Governor, News, Politics & Elections, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Vermont’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates are promising free college in return for votes, but a former state auditor and candidate for lieutenant governor says the numbers don’t add up.

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Vermont’s revenue forecast downgraded by $28 million

By   /  July 22, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Issues, News, State Budgets, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

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State economists project that Vermont’s tax revenues will be $28 million lower this fiscal year than originally forecast in January, mostly due to technical adjustments and a slightly weakening economy.

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Aldermen dispute mayor’s claim that refugee resettlement application was made public

By   /  July 20, 2016  /  Accountability, Immigration, Issues, News, Power Abuse, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Members of the Board of Aldermen say they haven’t seen the city’s refugee resettlement application despite a claim by the mayor that the document’s availability proves he’s being transparent on the issue.

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Europe’s wind energy failures a bad omen for Vermont

By   /  July 19, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Power Abuse, Vermont  /  No Comments

WHIRLWIND OF SUBSIDIES: The heavily subsidized wind-energy industry could find itself becalmed if Congress doesn't extend a "temporary" tax-credit program by year end.

As Vermont continues its quest to source 90 percent of energy from renewables by 2050, fresh problems with Europe’s alternative energy sector may spell trouble for wind energy in the Green Mountain State.

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