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State News
August 5, 2015

Economists: Vermont on track for FY 2016

By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org

A revised revenue forecast for fiscal year 2016 puts the state back in the black. State economists say the general fund tax receipts will grow by 3 percent in the coming year, or by $40 million.

At the beginning of 2015,…

State News
June 26, 2015

T.J. Donovan running for attorney general

By Anne Galloway, www.VTDigger.org

Democrat T.J. Donovan will run for Vermont attorney general in the 2016 election, regardless of what incumbent Bill Sorrell decides.

The Chittenden County state’s attorney told Seven Days on Sunday that he has decided to make a second bid for the…

News Briefs
May 21, 2015

Lawmakers adjourn tough, unprecedented session

New taxes and spending cuts explained

By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org

“It’s finally over,” said Rep. Brian Savage, R-Swanton, summing up the way many lawmakers felt about the legislative session, which adjourned a little after 11 p.m. Saturday, May 16.

Legislators couldn’t…

Opinion
May 13, 2015

April’s record revenue boost won’t change grim budget outlook

By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org

Personal income tax receipts for April were the highest ever, according to the Vermont Agency of Administration. With two months left in the fiscal year, Vermont is $26.5 million (2.28 percent) above target, according to state figures. Gov. Peter…

Local News
April 15, 2015

State officials explore alternative to Vt. Health Connect

By Anne Galloway, www.VTDigger.org

Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott led a mini fact-finding mission on Monday to learn more about components of the Connecticut health care exchange that could help Vermont save money.

The cost of fixing the dysfunctional Vermont Health Connect website…

Opinion
February 12, 2015

Rent-to-own industry exploiting poor in Vermont

By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org

Advocates say low-income people are enticed by low weekly and monthly lease rates offered by two national chain rent-to-own stores doing business in Vermont, Rent-A-Center and Aaron’s. Advocates charge the national retailers with circumventing current regulations and exploiting low-income…

State News
January 7, 2015

Legislative votes for governor, Thursday

By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org

On Thursday, Jan. 8, lawmakers will cast secret ballots to elect the new governor. Neither Scott Milne, the Republican candidate, nor incumbent governor Shumlin received more than 50 percent of the vote on Election Day, and under the Vermont…

State News
January 7, 2015

Vermont minimum wage increased January 1

By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org

The minimum wage in Vermont went up by 42 cents from $8.73 per hour to $9.15 per hour on Jan. 1.

The rate is set to increase again in 2016 to $9.60 an hour, to $10 an hour…

State News
December 18, 2014

Report recommends fundamental changes to education spending

By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org

A report released on Friday proposes three changes to Vermont’s property tax system.

The changes include: a “renovation” plan that would lead to reductions in school spending; a “variable income tax” proposal that would replace a portion of…

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…