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Clergy rally at Statehouse against election-related hate
State News
November 22, 2016

Clergy rally at Statehouse against election-related hate

By Kevin O’Connor, VTDigger The problem began last summer, when one of two black members of the Vermont Legislature received racially charged emails and tweets, and has continued as late as this week, when a Middlebury Jewish congregation found a swastika on its front door….

PSB finalizes new net metering rules
State News
September 7, 2016

PSB finalizes new net metering rules

By Mike Polhamus, VTDigger.org The Public Service Board has finalized new rules that it says are meant in part to slow the pace of solar development under the popular electricity net metering program. The changes could make the program less lucrative for small-scale producers and may…

Drugs in the water? Don’t blame the students
State News
September 7, 2016

Drugs in the water? Don’t blame the students

UVM study shows down-the-drain disposal is not a major source of pharmaceutical pollution

Nearly 60 percent of American adults now take prescription medications—from antidepressants to cholesterol treatments—and, among other things, there is growing concern about how many drugs are flowing through wastewater treatment facilities and…

State News
September 7, 2016

Vermont out performs national average in artistic participation

On Aug. 31, the National Endowment for the Arts released new research that, for the first time, offers a complete state-by-state perspective on how American adults participate in the arts, including activities in Vermont. The new research comes in the form of an “arts data…

State News
August 24, 2016

GMP to buy 14 more hydroelectric dams

By Mike Polhamus, VTDigger.org

Vermont’s largest electric utility has committed to purchase 14 hydroelectric dams in New England and to get power from two others—a buy that will net Green Mountain Power an added 17 megawatts of energy production for just over $20…

State News
July 21, 2016

Galbraith unveils plan for universal health care

On July 13, gubernatorial candidate Peter Galbraith announced a $220 million plan to provide free primary and preventive care for all Vermonters. The plan has no deductibles, co-pays or premiums and is financed by a 2 percent payroll tax on employers. Galbraith was joined by…

State News
July 15, 2016

Minter promises to expand outdoor rec

By Jasper Craven, VTDigger.org

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter announced a plan Tuesday, July 5, that would expand outdoor recreational opportunities in the Green Mountains. Minter’s plan—VT-Outdoors—prioritizes Vermont’s bucolic landscape as a key asset in attracting people and business to the state. As governor, Minter…

State News
July 7, 2016

Vermont celebrates the nation’s first GMO labeling law

On Friday, July 1, the Vermont Right to Know GMOs coalition joined Governor Shumlin, U.S. Senator Leahy, U.S. Representative Welch, and supporters from around the country in celebrating Vermont’s first-in-the-nation GMO labeling law taking effect. The celebration took place on the State House lawn, where…