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State News
April 26, 2017

Vt. ranked second in nation for clean energy momentum, progress

A new report entitled “Clean Energy Momentum: Ranking State Progress” and published by the Union of Concerned Scientists highlighted Vermont for its success in developing a clean energy economy. Vermont ranked second nationally, bested onlyby California.

The report scored states on 12 metrics in the…

State News
April 26, 2017

Vermont newspapers applaud new protections

The Vermont Press Association is praising the Vermont Legislature for approving a shield law designed to protect journalists from unwarranted subpoenas concerning their sources.

The House of Representatives gave final approval to the legislation, 140-2, on Thursday afternoon, and Gov. Phil Scott signed it on…

State News
April 12, 2017

New carbon tax proposals look to shift burden onto pollution

By Mike Polhamus, VTDigger

Four House members are proposing what they’re calling tax reform bills that all seek to institute carbon taxes while reducing or eliminating other taxes or returning the revenue to Vermonters through other means.

One of the bills would eliminate Vermont’s sales…

State News
April 12, 2017

N.Y. will offer free public university education

First-in-the-nation program makes N.Y. state public universities tuition-free for residents making up to $125,000 per year; over 940,000 families qualify

New York will be the only state in the country to offer universal public college tuition coverage for working- and middle-class residents after the program…

State News
March 29, 2017

Fire Marshal’s report highlights fire damage and safety efforts

Vermont’s 232 fire departments responded to an average of 3,000 emergency calls per month in 2016, according to an annual report released by the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The report contains information from over 45,000 recorded emergency incidents. Those calls were not only…

State News
March 29, 2017

Bill to raise the age for tobacco sales from 18 to 21

On March 17 Senate Health and Welfare committee members unanimously voted “yes” on legislation aimed at saving lives and money by reducing tobacco use in the state. Leaders from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer…