Poor state: Vermont on skid row when it comes to economic outlook

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  News, Vermont  /  No Comments

POOR STATE: Vermont offers little economic hope according to a new report on state fiscal policy.

If lawmakers don’t do something soon, fed-up Vermonters may just pack their things and head to Utah. That’s because Vermont has one of the worst economic outlooks in the nation according to new report that ranks states on economic competitiveness, while Utah has one of the best. When it comes to tax and regulatory policies that produce economic growth, Vermont ranks 49th in the nation. The ranking appears in the 2014 Rich States, Poor States report released Tuesday by the American Legislative Exchange Council.

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Minimum wage debate reveals Vermonters better off on welfare

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  News, Vermont  /  No Comments

HIKE THE WAGE: Vermonters on track to earn a minimum wage of $10.10 after this week's House vote.

By Bruce Parker | Vermont Watchdog

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A bizarre argument offered during the minimum wage debate at the Capitol this week revealed that many low-wage Vermonters are better off living off the government dole.

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Report lauds Vermont for leap forward in online transparency

By   /  April 9, 2014  /  Accountability, News, Open Records, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

Attorney general in Iowa faces conflict of interest over dueling roles.

A new report from a national federation of consumer advocacy groups ranks Vermont among the nation’s best in providing online transparency for spending. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group on Tuesday released its fifth annual report comparing spending transparency online across all 50 states.

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Activists blow cover on gun confiscation bill

By   /  April 8, 2014  /  Gun control, law enforcement, News, Personal liberty, Regulations, Vermont  /  No Comments

EXPOSED: Vermont gun rights activists say a seemingly innocuous fees bill allows police to confiscate guns at will during domestic disputes.

A bill that passed the Vermont House without controversy is now in doubt after gun-rights advocates exposed provisions allowing police to take guns during domestic disputes.

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Rolling Stone exposes VT drug crisis as governor touts smarter pills

By   /  April 7, 2014  /  News, Vermont  /  No Comments

DRUGS: Rolling Stone exposes severity of Vermont's opioid addiction as Shumlin touts need for smarter pills.

By Bruce Parker | For Vermont Watchdog

As Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday announced an emergency rule to reject Food and Drug Administration-approved painkillers that lack tamper-resistant qualities, Rolling Stone magazine published a bombshell article exposing the horrific extent of the state’s opiate problem — fueling doubts about the effectiveness of the governor’s policies.

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