Tag Archives: Xander Landen

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…

Local News
July 25, 2018

Board rejects Mount Ascutney name change

By Xander Landen/VTDigger

WEATHERSFIELD—The Vermont Board of Libraries struck down a petition Tuesday, July 17 to rename Mount Ascutney, citing little local support for a proposal to call the peak Mount Kaskadenak — an Abenaki word — and noting that the mountain’s current…

State News
May 30, 2018

Threat of government shutdown looms over budget impasse

By Xander Landen, VTDigger

As a budget impasse in Montpelier drags on into another week of negotiations, an uncommon threat looms over the Statehouse: the possibility of a government shutdown.

Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Phil Scott, who fundamentally disagree over the use of a budget…

State News
May 16, 2018

Scott pulls the plug on iconic Vermont Life magazine

By Xander Landen/ VTDigger

Vermont Life, the state’s signature regional magazine which in recent years has faced financial woes and racked up millions in debt, will shutter its doors in June.

The Scott administration announced Thursday that it will cease production of the 72-year-old state-owned…

State News
March 30, 2018

House passes $5.84 billion budget

By Xander Landen, VTDigger

The House passed a $5.84 billion budget proposal Friday, March 23, that lawmakers say addresses the needs of the most vulnerable Vermonters and makes long-term investments without raising taxes or fees.

Facing little debate, the budget bill, H.924, passed overwhelmingly in a vote…