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The Outside Story: The shortest day
State News
December 18, 2014

The Outside Story: The shortest day

Dec. 21 is not only the longest night but also the darkest as there there will be a new moon

By Carolyn Lorié

Every year, I eagerly await the winter solstice, which this year falls on Dec. 21. My anticipation is driven…

State News
December 18, 2014

Permit sought for Canada-to-Ludlow transmission line

By John Herrick, VTDigger.org

A company seeking to build a high-voltage power line beneath Lake Champlain applied for a state permit Tuesday. TDI New England is asking the Public Service Board for a certificate of public good to build a 154-mile underground and…

State News
December 18, 2014

Report recommends fundamental changes to education spending

By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org

A report released on Friday proposes three changes to Vermont’s property tax system.

The changes include: a “renovation” plan that would lead to reductions in school spending; a “variable income tax” proposal that would replace a portion of…

Snow-covered vehicles create a hazard
State News
December 18, 2014

Snow-covered vehicles create a hazard

The Vermont State Police wants to remind the motoring public to clear all snow and ice from the roofs and windshields of their vehicles. Snow dislodging from a moving vehicle creates an extreme driving hazard for all motorists. In addition, snow and ice covering the…

State News
December 18, 2014

Vt. ranks ninth in jobs lost to China

America’s surging trade deficit with China has cost more than 3.2 million U.S. jobs, 8,200 alone in Vermont, or 2.51percent of Vermont jobs. This ranks Vermont as ninth in the nation. The overwhelming majority of jobs lost are in manufacturing, according to a study…

State News
December 4, 2014

Statewide property tax increase pegged at 2 cents

By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org

The Shumlin administration has recommended a 2 cent increase in the statewide property tax rates for residential and commercial property for fiscal year 2016.

Last year, property tax rates increased by 4.5 cents for homestead and 7 cents…

State News
December 3, 2014

Vt. unemployment steady at 4.4 percent

By Hilary Niles, VTDigger.org

Vermont’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.4 percent in October, according to a report released Friday by the Department of Labor. The leveling follows four consecutive months of increases in the seasonally adjusted jobless rate. Nationwide, Vermont tied with…

State News
December 3, 2014

Shumlin orders another $17 million in budget cuts

By Hilary Niles, VTDigger.org

On Wednesday, Nov. 26, state agencies were directed to find another $17 million in cuts for the current budget year. That news comes on top of $31.3 million in summer rescissions after the state’s revenue forecast was downgraded. Now,…