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April 4, 2018

Welch hears, echoes frustration with government unpredictability

By Katy Savage

RUTLAND—Congressman Peter Welch said his constituents are frustrated by the lack of progress in Congress and the apparent lack of agreement between legislators. Welch said he’s also frustrated.

Welch, D-Vt., of Norwich, spent Monday, April 2, in Rutland. He took questions from about…

State News
April 4, 2018

Governor to sign historic gun bill after passage in Senate

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger

A landmark bill that would make a series of significant changes to the state’s gun laws has received final approval from Vermont’s General Assembly.

Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, says he intends to sign that bill as well as two others…

State News
March 30, 2018

House passes $5.84 billion budget

By Xander Landen, VTDigger

The House passed a $5.84 billion budget proposal Friday, March 23, that lawmakers say addresses the needs of the most vulnerable Vermonters and makes long-term investments without raising taxes or fees.

Facing little debate, the budget bill, H.924, passed overwhelmingly in a vote…

State News
March 30, 2018

Legislation restructures Education Fund, cuts property taxes

On March 21, the House passed the tri-partisan Education Finance Reform Bill, H.911 on a vote of 85-54. The bill provides a restructuring of the Education Fund, updating the Vermont personal income tax code to streamline it with the federal changes and eliminating taxable Social Security benefits…

State News
March 30, 2018

Legislative report: Who can be against lower taxes?

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

This past week, the Vermont House voted on a proposal to lower residential property taxes for education. Who could be against that? After careful consideration, I voted against H.911 when it came up for preliminary approval.

State News
March 21, 2018

Castleton closes Polling Institute, eliminates two dean positions

By Kelsey Neubauer, VTDigger

The state’s only polling institute is among the casualties as Castleton University seeks to address a $1.5 million budget gap. Two dean positions have also been eliminated.

Castleton spokesperson Jeff Weld said Tuesday, March 13, that the university had cut the positions…

State News
March 21, 2018

On deck: budget, taxes, firearms and more

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

Some of the sessions big issues will be up for votes on the House floor this coming week, including the “must pass” state budget. This is the time of year when committees have passed out bills…

State News
March 14, 2018

Senate passes expanded medical marijuana bill

On Friday, March 2, the Vermont Senate approved bill S.216, to allow medical marijuana sales for any “disease, condition, or treatment as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s health care professional,” according to page 334, of the March 1 Senate Journal.

S.216 also requires the Vermont…