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State News
July 25, 2018

Marijuana gifting businesses illegal, AG advises

By Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger

Gifting marijuana in exchange for another purchase is illegal under Vermont’s new legalization law, according to a guidance issued by the state’s top prosecutor Monday.

Attorney General TJ Donovan’s office advised that sales of any kind are illegal under…

State News
July 18, 2018

Stored energy saved money, carbon during heat wave

The heat wave is over, the numbers are in. Green Mountain Power’s innovative network of Tesla Powerwall batteries in homes and solar installations leveraged stored energy to accomplish the equivalent of taking 5,000 homes off the grid, creating savings for customers that could reach $500,000.

Local News
July 18, 2018

Check your tax bill

Some Homestead State Payment adjustments have not been applied to mailed bills

KILLINGTON—Tax bills have been mailed out and it has come to the town of Killington’s attention that some of the Homestead State Payment adjustments have not been applied.

The Tax Department has held…

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…