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State News
December 4, 2014

Statewide property tax increase pegged at 2 cents

By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org

The Shumlin administration has recommended a 2 cent increase in the statewide property tax rates for residential and commercial property for fiscal year 2016.

Last year, property tax rates increased by 4.5 cents for homestead and 7 cents…

State News
December 3, 2014

Vt. unemployment steady at 4.4 percent

By Hilary Niles, VTDigger.org

Vermont’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.4 percent in October, according to a report released Friday by the Department of Labor. The leveling follows four consecutive months of increases in the seasonally adjusted jobless rate. Nationwide, Vermont tied with…

State News
December 3, 2014

Shumlin orders another $17 million in budget cuts

By Hilary Niles, VTDigger.org

On Wednesday, Nov. 26, state agencies were directed to find another $17 million in cuts for the current budget year. That news comes on top of $31.3 million in summer rescissions after the state’s revenue forecast was downgraded. Now,…

State News
December 3, 2014

Outside report criticizes DCF handling of child deaths

By Laura Krantz, VTDigger.org

The Department for Children and Families failed to follow its own policies and moved too quickly to reunify two children with their families when it was not safe, an outside report released Friday, Nov. 21, found. That push to…

State News
December 3, 2014

Auditor questions state’s role in liquor sales

By Tom Brown, VTDigger.org

State Auditor Doug Hoffer is questioning why the state is in the business of selling liquor, a substance that it also regulates.

Hoffer’s office issued a report Monday that examines the impact of privatizing the state’s liquor distribution…

Opening day tradition
State News
November 25, 2014

Opening day tradition

Photo submitted Governor Shumlin joined Vermont Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter for a morning deer hunt last week. The governor did not match last year’s opening day success, when he harvested a 186-pound 6-point buck, but the pair did see some deer activity. Vermont’s deer rifle…

Woman charged with two counts of Second Degree Murder
State News
November 25, 2014

Woman charged with two counts of Second Degree Murder

Father and son found dead with apparent gunshot wounds

TOWNSHEND — On Nov. 19, at approximately 8:58 p.m. the Vermont State Police responded to a reported shooting at a residence on Abby Road in Townshend, Vt. Rescue personnel were also dispatched. Upon arrival, troopers made contact…

State News
November 25, 2014

Gruber agrees to take pay cut for single-payer work

By Morgan True, VTDigger.org

Health care economist Jonathan Gruber has agreed to forgo roughly $120,000 in compensation from the state.

Lawrence Miller, chief of health care reform, said on Wednesday, Nov. 19, that Gruber’s comments denigrating the public and suggesting that passage of the Affordable…

State News
November 25, 2014

Clif Bar, other food makers side with Vermont on GMO labeling

By John Herrick, VTDigger.org

Three national businesses are helping to defend Vermont’s GMO labeling law. The companies told a federal court last week that the state statute, which requires food manufacturers and retailers to label certain products containing genetically modified ingredients, would not be difficult…