State News

State News
December 11, 2018

It’s your money

By Stephen Seitz

The tree. The gifts. The parties. The relatives. The travel. That begins to add up.

However, there may be money out there waiting for you. Most people are familiar with Vermont’s unclaimed property division, but now a…

Learn bird feeding basics
State News
December 5, 2018

Learn bird feeding basics

Winter is when birds seek feeders most, here’s how to help

With winter weather now taking hold, Vermonters are readying their bird feeders.

“Birds of all species have very interesting behaviors, shapes, and plumage and have captured the…

Storm clouds ahead?
Column
December 5, 2018

Storm clouds ahead?

By Rep. Jim Harrison

You are out on a walk and you see the dark clouds nearby. Do you seek shelter or take a chance on the storm passing by?

Last week there was a fiscal briefing for all…

State News
November 29, 2018

Enthusiasm over CBD helps fuel growing hemp market in Vermont

By Anne Wallace Allen/VTDigger

The number of farmers who registered with the state of Vermont to grow hemp rose more than 400 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to the state Agency of Agriculture. The amount of acreage reported to be under cultivation increased…

State News
November 29, 2018

Governor’s marijuana advisory commission announces listening tour

The Governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission will host a listening tour throughout Vermont in order to provide Vermonters an opportunity for public comment on the draft reports produced by the Commission’s Subcommittees on Roadway Safety, Education and Prevention and Taxation and Regulation earlier this week.

State News
November 29, 2018

U.S. Forest Service offers $5 cut-your-own trees

RUTLAND — At this time of year the adventure of going out to get a Christmas tree is a much-anticipated ritual of the season — and a pricey one. There is an alternative, however. Should they be interested, the U.S. Forest Service…

State News
November 21, 2018

Airbnb generates $7.8 million in tax revenue for Vermont

Since reaching its tax agreement with Vermont two years ago, Airbnb has remitted more than $7.8 million in taxes.

Airbnb automatically collects and remits this tax, providing a significant boost to state coffers while making the process seamless for individuals and families who share their…

State News
November 21, 2018

Robocalls on the rise in Vermont and elsewhere

By Anne Wallace Allen, VTDigger

Nuisance phone calls to Vermont numbers increased more than one-third between May and October this year.

The call-blocking service YouMail said about 5.1 million robocalls rang on 802 area codes in October – a rate of 171,000 per day, 7,000 per…

State News
November 21, 2018

Advisory panel to recommend 26% tax on cannabis sales

By Kit Norton/VTDigger

The subcommittee on taxation and regulation will be recommending to the Governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission that the state adopt the highest tax rate on recreational cannabis currently in New England.

It will be recommended to the the full committee next month that…

Column
November 13, 2018

House shifts to the left

By Jim Harrison

Amid high turnout, likely fueled by the discourse in Washington and anti-Trump sentiment in Vermont, along with successful efforts of the Democrat/Progressives’ “get out the vote campaign,” the Vermont House made a shift to the left statewide.