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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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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European-style approach to VT’s drug crisis worth studying, lawmakers say

By   /  April 3, 2014  /  Health Care, Marijuana, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

NEW WAR ON DRUGS? Lawmaker suggests Western Europe could hold the solution to Vermont's drug crisis

One Western European country’s unconventional approach to handling drug addiction has a few Vermont lawmakers asking, “Could it work here”?

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VT lawmakers: Shumlin hiding information about single-payer plan

By   /  April 3, 2014  /  Accountability, Affordable Care Act, Capitalism, Ethics, Finances, Governor, Health Care, Issues, Legislature, News, Obamacare, Public records, State Budgets, State Politics, Taxes, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

BUDGET BATTLES: Gov. Peter Shumlin's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal faces intense scrutiny

By Bruce Parker | For Vermont Watchdog
MONTPELIER, Vt. – State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are accusing Gov. Peter Shumlin of hiding critical information about financing single-payer health care in Vermont.
“We have a governor who is violating the law,” state Sen. Joseph Benning, R-Caledonia, told Vermont Watchdog.
Benning, the Senate minority leader, said state [...]

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