Vermont

Energy siting discussion reveals Vermont’s portfolio standards as culprit

By   /  February 4, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Town of Swanton

The ongoing struggle between municipalities and the Public Service Board regarding who gets more say in energy siting bubbled up again in committee on Wednesday.

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Law firm for green-energy CEO investigated anti-Big Renewables activist

By   /  February 1, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Bruce Parker

A law firm representing a prominent green-energy CEO had been investigating an anti-Big Renewables activist now under a criminal probe by the Vermont Office of Attorney General.

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Vermont House votes to raise property taxes, give relief to schools

By   /  January 28, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Issues, News, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Bruce Parker

Given a choice between forcing cuts to education spending or raising property taxes, the Vermont House on Wednesday chose to raise property taxes.

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Shumlin wants physicians and dentists to pay Medicaid expansion costs

By   /  January 21, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Health Care, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Michael Bielawski

Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday revealed a plan to fix Vermont’s $68 million deficit by raising $30 million in new revenue — mostly from independent physicians and dentists — and reducing spending increases by $38 million.

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1,673 Burlington residents petition city to stop lane changes for bicycles

By   /  January 14, 2016  /  Accountability, Issues, News, Power Abuse, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Kevin King

More than 1,600 residents petitioned City Hall on Thursday to stop a four-lane commuter road from becoming a “complete street” that accommodates bicyclists and pedestrians.

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House Education Committee unanimously votes to raise spending caps

By   /  January 13, 2016  /  Education, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Bruce Parker

If Tuesday night’s committee vote is any indication, then it looks like the 2 percent annual spending cap on school budgets mandated by Act 46 will increase by 0.9 percent.

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