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August 15, 2018

Vermont elections rank No. 1

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Election Data & Science Lab ranked Vermont first overall in elections administration for the 2016 election.

The EPI is widely considered by state election administrators as the most reputable elections management index, and provides a non-partisan, data-driven measure of how…

State News
August 10, 2018

Clarkson seeks Senate seat

By Stephen Seitz

WOODSTOCK—Democrat Alison Clarkson, who is on her first term in the state Senate, is eager for more.

“I love the Senate,” she said. “I love this job, and I’d love to be returned to the Statehouse.”

Clarkson added working together is how…

State News
August 10, 2018

Fredette tries again for Rutland-2

By Stephen Seitz

WALLINGFORD—Democrat Ken Fredette is one if the three candidates vying for the two seats in the Rutland 2 legislative district, comprising Clarendon, Proctor, Tinmouth, Wallingford and West Rutland. The other two are incumbent Democrat Dave Potter and incumbent Republican Tom Burditt.

“I…

State News
August 8, 2018

Gov. Scott names Dan French as Vermont’s next education secretary

By Lola Duffort/VTDigger

Gov. Phil Scott has named Dan French, a veteran Vermont schools superintendent, to be the state’s next education secretary.

Scott has made cost-containment his hallmark education priority, and during a press conference Thursday, Aug. 2 announcing French’s appointment, he reiterated the need…

State News
August 1, 2018

Businesses brace for tariff crunch

By Elizabeth Hewitt/ VTDigger

From dairy farms to newsrooms, Vermont businesses are bracing for a crunch from trade tensions between the United States and other countries caught up in a tariff tit-for-tat.

State officials say they do not yet have clear measures of how the…

State News
August 1, 2018

Social Security income tax exemptions are now in place

By Xander Landen/VTDigger

About 40,000 Vermonters who receive Social Security benefits will see more money in their pockets this year, after Gov. Phil Scott and lawmakers moved to slash the state tax on the benefits for low- and moderate-income earners.

New tax exemptions for Social…

State News
August 1, 2018

Gray seeking Windsor County Senate seat

By Stephen Seitz

Springfield resident Randy Gray is one of three Republicans hoping to represent Windsor County in the next legislative session.

The other two are Jack Williams of Weathersfield and Wayne D. Townsend of Bethel. They seek to replace incumbent Democrats Alice Nitka (Ludlow),…

State News
August 1, 2018

PFOA blood testing offered to Bennington residents

The Vermont Department of Health will be providing for blood tests for some people who may have been affected by PFOA contamination of drinking water in Bennington and North Bennington, but who have not been previously tested.

There is no cost to participants for the…

State News
August 1, 2018

McCormack’s hat, back in the ring

By Stephen Seitz

BETHEL—Democratic Sen. Dick McCormack is hoping to represent Windsor County in the state Senate once again. McCormack was appointed to fill an unexpired term in 1989 and has been re-elected ever since. He and fellow Democratic incumbents Alice Nitka of Ludlow, and…

State News
July 25, 2018

Szott seeks to represent Barnard, Pomfret and Hartland

By Stephen Seitz

BARNARD — Randall Szott has announced his candidacy for the Vermont House of Representatives seat in the Windsor 4-1 legislative district.

The district comprises the towns of Barnard, Pomfret and Hartland. Szott, a Democrat, is running to replace…