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State News
July 11, 2018

New law regulates short-term rentals

In an attempt to close a tax loophole enjoyed by operators of short-term rentals such as Airbnb, and to assure visitors and paying guests of safe and sanitary conditions, the Vermont General Assembly passed Act 10, requiring that certain conditions must be met.

Effective July…

Column
July 11, 2018

Legislative update: Reflections

By Rep. Jim Harrison, R-Bridgewater, Chittenden, Killington & Mendon

With the conclusion of the Vermont legislative session, I will be taking a break from the regular updates until after the elections. I hope you have enjoyed the reports via email or in this paper. If…

State News
July 11, 2018

Four deaths associated with recent hot spell

By John Young, VTDigger

As temperatures climbed into the 90s again Monday, the Vermont Department of Health is again warning Vermonters to take precautions to fight the effects of record-high heat.

Spokesman Ben Truman said that residents should pay special attention to older adults, children and…

State News
June 27, 2018

Statehouse impasse ends; Scott will let budget become law

By Xander Landen, VTDigger

Gov. Phil Scott will let the Legislature’s third attempt at a budget bill become law, he announced Monday night, June 25, ending a weeks-long impasse over state spending and the looming threat of a government shutdown.

Scott’s decision to break the budget…

State News
June 27, 2018

Legistlative update: breakdown…or “Uncle?”

By Rep. Jim Harrison, R-Bridgewater, Chittenden, Killington & Mendon

I have believed from the beginning that the Legislature and governor needed to come to some sort of agreement on the budget and tax impasse, one branch should not mandate its will over the other just…

‘Appalling, un-American, unnecessary’ Welch visits detained children
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June 20, 2018

‘Appalling, un-American, unnecessary’ Welch visits detained children

By Michelle Monroe, St. Albans Messenger

“Appalling” and “un-American,” those are the words Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., used to describe conditions in a processing center in southern Texas where children have been separated from their parents.

Welch spoke with the Messenger by phone Sunday, June…

State News
June 20, 2018

New initiative protects elders

Attorney General T.J. Donovan has announced the launch of a permanent unit within his office known as the Elder Protection Initiative. This unit will focus on supporting and protecting Vermont’s aging population. The unit is the result of a listening tour that solicited ideas from…

State News
June 20, 2018

Legislative Update: Budget veto No. 2

By Rep. Jim Harrison, R-Bridgewater, Chittenden, Killington & Mendon

All was quiet last week at the State House with the full House and Senate off (except for some committee meetings on Friday, June 15), waiting on what Gov. Phil Scott would do with the new…

Local News
June 6, 2018

Vermont-based remote workers will get subsidy

By Katy Savage

QUECHEE — Joel Parker and his family lived near Boston but they drove two hours to Vermont every weekend. They skied in the winter and cycled in the summer.

“Then we got the idea of why don’t we just…