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State could earn $20-$75 million from legal pot
State News
January 21, 2015

State could earn $20-$75 million from legal pot

By Tom Brown, VTDigger.org

Vermonters illegally consume between 33,000 and 55,000 pounds of marijuana annually, according to a study by the Rand Drug Policy Research Center.

Legalizing, taxing and regulating that volume could generate $20 million to $75 million a year, the…

VSP announces promotion of Captain Ingrid R. Jonas
State News
January 28, 2015

VSP announces promotion of Captain Ingrid R. Jonas

Effective Jan. 11, Lieutenant Jonas of Waterbury was promoted from Lieutenant, Commander of the Internal Affairs Unit, where she has served since 2012, to Captain. Captain Jonas is the first female to hold that rank in the Vermont State Police. Her new assignment is…

State News
January 28, 2015

Auditor reports state land leases to ski areas are outdated

By Laura Krantz, VTDigger.org

Vermont’s ski industry has outgrown the terms of decades-old leases of state land that were designed to help resorts grow and now result in lucrative deals for booming resorts, a state audit  released last week found. By most measures,…

Beaglemania takes over the Statehouse
State News
January 28, 2015

Beaglemania takes over the Statehouse

By Amy Ash Nixon, VTDigger.org

Hang on, Snoopy, some in Vermont want to make the beagle its state dog. Sen. John Rodgers, D-Essex/Orleans, has introduced S.25, which would establish that “The State Dog shall be the beagle,” effective July 1.

If passed,…

State News
January 26, 2015

Governor gives budget address; proposes cuts and new revenue

By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org

Gov. Peter Shumlin says the fiscal year 2016 budget is the toughest he’s ever had to deliver to the Vermont Legislature.

The governor’s budget fills a $94 million gap between state spending and tax revenues by spreading cuts across state gov-…

State News
January 15, 2015

Governor Shumlin sworn in for third term

By Laura Krantz, VTDigger.org

Gov. Peter Shumlin was re-elected to a third term Thursday morning, Jan. 8, in a secret ballot by a joint assembly of the Vermont Legislature.

Shumlin defeated Republican Scott Milne in a 110-69 vote.

In the Nov….

Marijuana legalization supporters join forces
State News
January 15, 2015

Marijuana legalization supporters join forces

By Tom Brown, www.VTDigger.org

Groups that support the legalization of marijuana joined forces Tuesday, saying that decades of prohibiting recreational use of the drug has failed.

“No matter how you slice it, marijuana prohibition has not been an effective policy for the…

State News
January 15, 2015

Governor Shumlin outlines agenda for term

Governor Peter Shumlin, who was sworn in for a third term as governor of Vermont on Thursday, Jan. 8, used his inaugural address to outline Part I of his Agenda For Progress, focusing on initiatives critical to working families, economic growth, energy and the…