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April 18, 2018

Legislative reminders of inequality

By Senator Alison Clarkson

It was a real treat to see “1776” at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction and to be invited to participate in the “talk back” with the audience after the show. In response to our current political…

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April 18, 2018

This is “Mud season” of the legislative session

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

As Vermonters well know, especially those of us on dirt roads, we are approaching mud season. It may not be our favorite time of year, but we take solace in knowing that green grass, warmer temperatures…

State News
April 11, 2018

Time for a second look

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

It’s that time of the session, where the Senate committees are busy reviewing and amending House passed bills and the House is doing the same with Senate bills. While sometimes both bodies pass the same version…

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April 11, 2018

Route 103 road resurfacing to begin April 16

The Vermont Agency of Transportation notifies the traveling public that Route 103 from Rockingham to Clarendon will be resurfaced this spring and summer. This project will proceed through Rockingham, portions of Chester, Cavendish, portions of Ludlow, Mount Holly, Wallingford, Shrewsbury and Clarendon.

The contractor, Pike…

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April 11, 2018

Area high school students win SkillsUSA medals

About 89 Stafford Technical Center participated in the SkillsUSA Leadership Conference at various locations in and around South Burlington April 4-5. Students competed to demonstrate personal, workplace and technical skills.

Stafford Technical Center garnered 33 medals total in individual and group competitions, including eight gold…

State News
April 4, 2018

A preview of things to come?

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

With six weeks left on the schedule for the 2018 legislative session, we got a glimpse this past week of the potential stumbling blocks prior to conclusion. With new gun legislation largely behind us (S.55 was…

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April 4, 2018

Vt. is ripe for digital economic development

By Alison Clarkson, Senator, Windsor County

Both bodies of the Vermont Legislature have now passed three major measures to improve firearm safety in our state. These bills: S.221, H.422 and S.55, are designed to keep guns out of the hands of those who intend harm…

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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…

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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…