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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,…

Opinion
December 3, 2014

Universal pre-K delayed one year

By Hilary Niles, VTDigger.org

The implementation of Vermont’s universal pre-kindergarten mandate, signed into law with much fanfare in May, will be delayed for a year. State officials made the announcement Wednesday, Nov. 26, citing challenges with rule-making and school budget processes.

Act…

Opinion
December 3, 2014

VTC layoffs announced

By Hilary Niles, VTDigger.org

Eight full-time faculty at Vermont Technical College in Randolph received layoff notices Monday, Nov. 29. The action is part of a large-scale financial reorganization that could have major implications for the school’s course offerings.

Additionally, senior professors are…

Local News
November 12, 2014

Chittenden East approves voluntary school merger

By Hilary Niles, VTDigger.org

Almost all school districts in the Chittenden East Supervisory Union will merge next summer, voters decided Tuesday, Nov. 4. In Bolton, Jericho, Richmond and Underhill, poll results showed overwhelming support for a voluntary unification. All schools in the district…

State News
October 15, 2014

Shumlin, Milne go head-to-head in WCAX debate

By Hilary Niles, VTDigger.org

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and his Republican challenger, Scott Milne, sounded familiar chords Wednesday evening, Oct. 9, in their first one-on-one live debate.

None of the other five gubernatorial candidates, including Libertarian Dan Feliciano or Liberty Union Party nominee Peter Diamondstone,…

State News
October 15, 2014

AT&T settles “cramming” case for $105 million

By Hilary Niles, VTDigger.org

About 45,000 Vermonters stand to collect roughly $1 million from a national settlement with AT&T Mobility. The $105-million deal settles allegations that the company improperly charged customers for services they had not authorized.

Known as “cramming,” the practice entails third-party companies…

State News
October 8, 2014

Sept. revenue holds steady

By Hilary Niles, VTDigger.org

Three months into fiscal year 2015, General Fund receipts are about $3.83 million, or 1 percent, behind revenue projections. The $327 million haul, however, exceeds General Fund receipts from the same period last year.

“That is positive as an economic barometer,”…

State News
October 8, 2014

Shumlin pushes for “right-sized” school districts this session

By Hilary Niles, VTDigger.org

Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe has received her marching orders for the 2015 legislative session. In a letter dated Aug. 19, Gov. Peter Shumlin laid out his priorities for the state’s public education system and requests specific initiatives from the Agency…

State News
October 8, 2014

Budget gap and spending cuts on the table

By Hilary Niles, VTDigger.org

State agencies are being asked to stick to their strategic plans while drafting budget cuts up to 5 percent for fiscal year 2016, which starts July 1.

Instructions from Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration include notification that departments will be expected to…