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State News
November 21, 2018

Robocalls on the rise in Vermont and elsewhere

By Anne Wallace Allen, VTDigger

Nuisance phone calls to Vermont numbers increased more than one-third between May and October this year.

The call-blocking service YouMail said about 5.1 million robocalls rang on 802 area codes in October – a rate of 171,000 per day, 7,000 per…

State News
August 29, 2018

Veteran public official Con Hogan dies at 77

By Mark Johnson/VTDigger

Cornelius “Con” Hogan, a veteran public policy maker who led the Vermont Agency of Human Services, Corrections Department and most recently served on the Green Mountain Care Board, died Sunday at his home in Plainfield of cardiac arrest. He was 77.

Hogan…

State News
August 29, 2018

After threats, Kiah Morris withdraws from House race

By Jim Therrien/VTDigger

BENNINGTON — Rep. Kiah Morris, D-Bennington, who has been the target of online racial comments and threats to her safety, has withdrawn her candidacy for re-election just 10 days after winning the Democratic nomination for a third term.

During her four years…

Local News
August 22, 2018

Help wanted: Teachers, principals in demand in many districts

By Lola Duffort/ VTDigger

In Rutland City, school administrators searched high and low for a qualified higher-level math teacher this spring.

Coming up empty, they asked their counterparts in neighboring towns if they could recommend anyone on the market. Basically everyone responded the same way…

State News
August 8, 2018

Gov. Scott names Dan French as Vermont’s next education secretary

By Lola Duffort/VTDigger

Gov. Phil Scott has named Dan French, a veteran Vermont schools superintendent, to be the state’s next education secretary.

Scott has made cost-containment his hallmark education priority, and during a press conference Thursday, Aug. 2 announcing French’s appointment, he reiterated the need…

Hallquist promises progressive innovation
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August 8, 2018

Hallquist promises progressive innovation

By Xander Landen/VTDigger

In 2005, when Christine Hallquist was named CEO of the Vermont Electric Cooperative, the utility was veering toward bankruptcy. It led the state in the number of power outages, a dubious distinction. Its rates were among the highest in Vermont. The Public…

State News
August 1, 2018

Businesses brace for tariff crunch

By Elizabeth Hewitt/ VTDigger

From dairy farms to newsrooms, Vermont businesses are bracing for a crunch from trade tensions between the United States and other countries caught up in a tariff tit-for-tat.

State officials say they do not yet have clear measures of how the…

State News
August 1, 2018

Social Security income tax exemptions are now in place

By Xander Landen/VTDigger

About 40,000 Vermonters who receive Social Security benefits will see more money in their pockets this year, after Gov. Phil Scott and lawmakers moved to slash the state tax on the benefits for low- and moderate-income earners.

New tax exemptions for Social…