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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…

State News
July 7, 2016

Shumlin celebrates Vermont’s universal pre-k law

On June 30, Gov. Peter Shumlin celebrated a law that guarantees access to pre-kindergarten for all 3- and 4-year-olds in Vermont. The law, which the governor signed in 2014, went into effect July 1 and will ensure all Vermont kids have access to pre-k this…

State News
July 7, 2016

Vermont mayors reiterate need for gun control

By Kelsey Neubauer, VTDigger.org

A bipartisan coalition of mayors is asking lawmakers to put more stringent gun control measures in place.

After the nation’s largest mass shooting in its history earlier in June killed 50 and injured 49 others in Orlando, President Barack Obama called…

State News
June 30, 2016

Trash is down, recycling is up, state report finds

On June 27, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that trash disposal throughout the state decreased 5 percent, while the recycling rate has increased from 33 percent to 35 percent since the new recycling services and requirements went into effect in July 2015. Over…

State News
June 30, 2016

New requirements of Act 148 phased in July 1

By Emma Cotton

On July 1, the third installment of Vermont’s major trash and recycling law Act 148 will be phased in, imposing new requirements on how residents and businesses handle yard debris and how businesses handle food waste.

Landfills…

State News
June 30, 2016

Sanders, state officials oppose senate GMO labeling bill

By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org

Members of the U.S. Senate brokered a compromise Thursday that would make labeling of genetically engineered food mandatory nationwide.

But state officials say the legislation is a last-ditch effort to scuttle a Vermont law that will require information about such ingredients…