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‘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…

State News
May 30, 2018

Threat of government shutdown looms over budget impasse

By Xander Landen, VTDigger

As a budget impasse in Montpelier drags on into another week of negotiations, an uncommon threat looms over the Statehouse: the possibility of a government shutdown.

Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Phil Scott, who fundamentally disagree over the use of a budget…

State News
May 23, 2018

Pawlet resident runs for Legislature

PAWLET—Edgar Cleveland, a lifelong resident of Pawlet, has declared his candidacy for the House of Representatives for the Rutland-Bennington District. Cleveland, 67, is campaigning to represent the towns of Middletown Springs, Pawlet, Rupert, Tinmouth and Wells.

“There is a need for change in Montpelier,” said…

State News
May 23, 2018

Community Health Centers join tobacco-free movement

Tobacco use is the No. 1 preventable cause of death. Vermont’s Department of Health estimates that each year smoking results in about 1,000 smoking-related deaths in Vermont. It also costs $348 million in medical expenses. Second hand smoke affects countless other lives – children, friends…

State News
May 23, 2018

Legislative update: Back to Montpelier

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

A scant couple days passed after the Legislature adjourned before Governor Scott issued his highly anticipated call for a special session to redo the education funding and budget bills. Scott has suggested that with advance leadership…

State News
May 23, 2018

Wooden Barrel may continue selling gas with new legislation

Rep. Jim Harrison, R-Chittenden, and Sen. Dave Soucy, R-Rutland County, teamed up to get an amendment passed in both chambers of the Legislature to give the Wooden Barrel, a country store in Chittenden a potential option to keep selling gas.

The narrowly crafted amendment applies…