Net metering renewable energy costly, says retired grid engineer

By   /  February 12, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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The Senate Energy Committee took testimony on a bill that seeks to improve the siting of energy projects and heard that net metering renewable energy is expensive.

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Marijuana legalization could rewrite employee drug-testing rules

By   /  February 11, 2016  /  Economy, Jobs + Growth, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Pot legalization will change the way employers screen new hires. Lawmakers are trying to decide exactly how.

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Senior health agencies concerned about all-payer health system

By   /  February 10, 2016  /  Accountability, Health Care, Issues, News, State Budgets, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Kept in the dark, senior health-advocacy groups are unsure how to advise uninformed seniors about potential Medicare changes coming through the all-payer health care system.

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Vermont AG drops probe against Big Renewables critic

By   /  February 9, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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A critic of Big Renewables in Vermont is free from the threat of criminal prosecution after the attorney general’s office dropped an investigation launched in response to complaints from an anonymous green-energy developer.

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Resolution greases skids for Burlington charter changes, upsets gun groups

By   /  February 8, 2016  /  Accountability, Issues, News, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

UNDER FIRE: Gun rights groups say a resolution sitting in the House Rules Committee would grease the skids for fast approval of Burlington's controversial gun control charter changes.

A state resolution that lets municipal charter changes bypass committee and go straight to the House floor has gun rights groups on high alert about charter changes passed in Burlington.

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Labor laws for contractors under examination in Vermont

By   /  February 5, 2016  /  Labor, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

CONTRACTOR REGS: Bills under consideration in the House Commerce Committee could amend the definition of "independent contractor" for workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation purposes.

The House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development met with labor leaders on Thursday to gauge how new bills regarding contractor work can best suit employers and employees.

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