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January 4, 2017

BROC assists with 3SquaresVT applications

RUTLAND—BROC-Community Action, located at 45 Union St. in Rutland (west of the railroad tracks) is offering information about the 3SquaresVT program and personalized assistance with applications. Staff are ready to help new users sign up for this benefit and access healthful meals. 3SquaresVT is an…

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January 4, 2017

Gov. Shumlin issues 10 new pardons

Gov. Peter Shumlin issued 10 pardons last week to people convicted of various felonies and misdemeanors. These pardons were issued separately from the marijuana pardon program announced earlier this month. The pardons mark a total of 16 issued by the governor to date. “I believe…

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January 4, 2017

Shumlin issues nearly 200 pardons for minor marijuana charges

Gov. Peter Shumlin has pardoned 192 individuals convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana, according to a Jan. 3 news release. In December, the Governor announced that he would consider pardons for those with minor marijuana possession charges who did not have violent criminal histories….

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January 4, 2017

USDA invests $225 million in innovative conservation partnerships

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 88 high-impact projects across the country will receive $225 million in federal funding as part of the USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). In addition, partners have proposed to contribute up to an additional $500…

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December 28, 2016

Manure spreading ban includes new stipulations

Winter manure spreading is a common practice in Vermont agriculture that enriches the soil for production and helps manage animal waste. Between Dec. 15 and April 1, no manure or other agricultural wastes (compost, spoiled feed, other wastes) may be spread on fields. This annual…

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December 28, 2016

Private higher ed “key driver” in state economy, study finds

The economic impact on Vermont of 18 private institutions of higher education in the state is $2.09 billion annually, and the colleges directly employ 7,100 people statewide, according to a new study released by the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges (AVIC) using data from the…

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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…