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CATCH AND RELEASE?: An attorney at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is suing the government, alleging that politics are undermining the agency's mission and demoralizing its employees.

DHS: Montpelier violating federal immigration law

Published on: March 27, 2017
Shutterstock ImagePILLOW TAX: Maryland's legislature passed a bill to change the way hotel rooms are taxed if booked online, but even brick and mortar travel agencies are concerned.

Vermont Senate Finance Committee approves $2 overnight occupancy fee

Published on: March 24, 2017
Shutterstock imageALL VOTES COUNT: In Vermont, every vote counts. Even the fraudulent ones.

Vermont House to vote on election law rewrites in wake of recount, absentee ballot snafus

Published on: March 24, 2017

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Shutterstock ImageGOVERNMENT HACKS: States could be making the same mistakes that the federal government made when setting up cybersecurity protocols.

Vermont seeking recourse in Joblink employment cyber attack

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Vermont may seek legal recourse against America’s Joblink Alliance after job-seekers and the Vermont Department of Labor were affected by the firm's data breach.
Published on: March 24, 2017
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EPA cuts could push environmental activists, regulators to reconsider priorities

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President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent will force Vermont’s green energy groups to rethink how to tackle Vermont’s various environmental challenges.
Published on: March 23, 2017
Photo by Bruce ParkerBIG CHOICES: Under Vermont’s new district consolidation, families in Elmore will likely lose the option to send students to the school of their choice.

New Board of Education appointees stress school choice, cutting costs

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John O’Keefe's and John Carroll's emphasis on fiscal responsibility and free-market principles add fresh opinions to the board.
Published on: March 22, 2017
ALL-SEEING iPAD: This iPad-like AVIP device has a built-in camera and collects auto inspection data and photos to send directly to the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles.

Vermont DMV’s digital motor-vehicle inspection program passes first week

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Vermont joined the Digital Age this week, at least when it came to performing high-tech, motor-vehicle inspections. Monday served as the kick off day for the state's Automated Vehicle Inspection Program.
Published on: March 23, 2017
FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott waves to a room full of supporters as he awaits the election results at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel in South Burlington, Vt. Scott, Vermont's incoming governor, has been in talks with Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland about how to work together in dealings with the incoming Trump administration. The three Republicans were critical of Trump during the campaign. (AP Photo/Andy Duback, File)

Governor’s office sought to silence critic of sanctuary-styled immigration policy

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“They are trying to kill the story, and they’ve crossed ethical lines. … I reached out to their office as a private citizen,” Hansen said.
Published on: March 21, 2017

State budget showdown expected next week in Vermont House

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After weeks of exchanging barbs over the state budget plan, leaders in the Vermont House are moving toward a decisive vote that could bring years of legislative overspending to a halt.
Published on: March 20, 2017
Shutterstock ImageSOLAR SCAM: Green energy costs a lot of green for little benefit, a study finds.

Vermont environmental bills die at crossover week

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In what was anticipated to have been a big year for environmental bills promoting a climate change agenda, no significant green energy bill managed to pass the legislative session's “crossover week.”
Published on: March 20, 2017
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House Republicans criticize Scott-backed bill obstructing immigration enforcement

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While the Vermont House on Tuesday voted to bar state agencies from outing illegal immigrants to feds, dissenting Republican representatives said Vermont shouldn't obstruct enforcement of U.S. immigration law.
Published on: March 16, 2017
Photo via ND.govTOO LATE: North Dakota leaders say the Supreme Court's ruling on the EPA's mercury emission regulations comes too late as the power industry and its customers have already paid for those costs. But they there is hope that the ruling will force the EPA to consider costs when implementing upcoming carbon regulations which Public Service Commissioner Randy Christmann describes as "devastating."

Vermont carbon tax in limbo while neighboring states pick up the effort

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While hopes of passing a carbon tax in Vermont are dimming by the day, a development in nearby Connecticut could breathe new life into the initiative.
Published on: March 15, 2017

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FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott waves to a room full of supporters as he awaits the election results at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel in South Burlington, Vt. Scott, Vermont's incoming governor, has been in talks with Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland about how to work together in dealings with the incoming Trump administration. The three Republicans were critical of Trump during the campaign. (AP Photo/Andy Duback, File)

Governor’s office sought to silence critic of sanctuary-styled immigration policy

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“They are trying to kill the story, and they’ve crossed ethical lines. … I reached out to their office as a private citizen,” Hansen said.
Published on: March 21, 2017
Photo courtesy of Rutland City HallMORE SECRECY?: Rutland Mayor Chris Louras said the availability of the city's refugee resettlement application is proof that he is being transparent, but members of the Board of Aldermen say they have never seen the document.

Rutland voters unseat secretive mayor after year-long refugee fight

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Voters ousted controversial Mayor Chris Louras after a year of turmoil stemming from his secret plan to make Rutland a permanent refugee resettlement community.
Published on: March 7, 2017
Photo by Lou Varricchio

Middlebury College students shout down speaker in display against free speech

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Middlebury College students turned their backs and shouted down political scientist and “Bell Curve” author Dr. Charles Murray.
Published on: March 3, 2017

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Vermont DMV’s digital motor-vehicle inspection program passes first week

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Vermont joined the Digital Age this week, at least when it came to performing high-tech, motor-vehicle inspections. Monday served as the kick off day for the state’s Automated Vehicle Inspection Program.

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New Board of Education appointees stress school choice, cutting costs

By   /  March 22, 2017  /  Education, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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John O’Keefe’s and John Carroll’s emphasis on fiscal responsibility and free-market principles add fresh opinions to the board.

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Governor’s office sought to silence critic of sanctuary-styled immigration policy

By   /  March 21, 2017  /  Accountability, First Amendment, Free Speech, Governor, Issues, News, Power Abuse, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

“They are trying to kill the story, and they’ve crossed ethical lines. … I reached out to their office as a private citizen,” Hansen said.

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State budget showdown expected next week in Vermont House

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Governor, Legislature, News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

After weeks of exchanging barbs over the state budget plan, leaders in the Vermont House are moving toward a decisive vote that could bring years of legislative overspending to a halt.

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Vermont environmental bills die at crossover week

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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In what was anticipated to have been a big year for environmental bills promoting a climate change agenda, no significant green energy bill managed to pass the legislative session’s “crossover week.”

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Repealing regulations could be the answer to cuts in Medicaid funds

By   /  March 17, 2017  /  Health Care, Issues, News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

Opening up Vermont’s market to enterprising health professionals could cut costs and save Medicaid beneficiaries from taking a cut in coverage.

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