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State News
December 14, 2016

Study recommends state move toward universal early child care

By Tiffany Danitz Pache, VTDigger

Vermont spends about $130 million on early education and pre-K each year, but it’s not enough, according to a Blue Ribbon Commission tasked with studying how to create and pay for quality care and schooling for children from birth to…

State News
December 14, 2016

Scott’s shares plan for working with president-elect Trump

By Jasper Craven, VTDigger.org

In his first news conference in more than a month, Republican Gov.-elect Phil Scott shared updates Monday, Dec. 12, on his budgeting and hiring process, tiptoed around any talk of the recent controversial pronouncements and political appointments by Donald Trump, and…

State News
December 14, 2016

State releases Universal Recycling Status Report, says “it’s working”

On the heels of America Recycles Day—a national celebration of recycling held each Nov. 15—the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released its first “Universal Recycling Status Report,” according to the Dec. 5 news release. The 16-page report summarizes the status of recycling, composting, and food…

State News
December 7, 2016

“Energy revolution” to continue in 2017 under Scott

On Nov. 21, Gov. Peter Shumlin highlighted the success of an energy loan program that helps Vermonters retrofit their homes, reduce fossil fuel consumption, and save money. The governor pointed to the program as an example of what is to come under a new law set to…

State News
December 7, 2016

Price “vindicated,” appeals unknown

By Stephen Seitz KILLINGTON—Though a Rutland County jury awarded Nadine Price $750,000 in damages in her lawsuit against Killington Mountain Resort last week, there are still a few loose ends. Price herself was not available for comment, but both her attorney and longtime partner used…

Clergy rally at Statehouse against election-related hate
State News
November 22, 2016

Clergy rally at Statehouse against election-related hate

By Kevin O’Connor, VTDigger The problem began last summer, when one of two black members of the Vermont Legislature received racially charged emails and tweets, and has continued as late as this week, when a Middlebury Jewish congregation found a swastika on its front door….

PSB finalizes new net metering rules
State News
September 7, 2016

PSB finalizes new net metering rules

By Mike Polhamus, VTDigger.org The Public Service Board has finalized new rules that it says are meant in part to slow the pace of solar development under the popular electricity net metering program. The changes could make the program less lucrative for small-scale producers and may…

Drugs in the water? Don’t blame the students
State News
September 7, 2016

Drugs in the water? Don’t blame the students

UVM study shows down-the-drain disposal is not a major source of pharmaceutical pollution

Nearly 60 percent of American adults now take prescription medications—from antidepressants to cholesterol treatments—and, among other things, there is growing concern about how many drugs are flowing through wastewater treatment facilities and…