Welch Pushes Online Sales Tax

By Kirk Carapezza Jeff Wheel, the owner of Advance Music Center in Burlington, says December marked the first holiday season where customers would come in and take pictures of the electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards and pianos that he sells. The would-be customers then walked out to compare prices on websites, where they could avoid [...]

Waitsfield Seeks Bond to Build Town Offices

By Amy Kolb Noyes On Town Meeting Day in Waitsfield, voters will decide whether to bond up to $1.6 million to build a town office building. The town offices are currently housed below the town library, on Bridge Street. If the bond passes, the town would purchase a lot on Route 100 where it would [...]

St. Albans Town Meeting to Vote on Charter

By Amy Kolb Noyes Town Meeting Day voters in St. Albans will be asked to adopt a town charter change allowing the town to collect a local option tax. A 1 percent tax would be enacted on sales, meals, alcohol or rooms. The proposed charter change would also authorize the select board to appoint members [...]

Republicans Resist Move Toward Single Payer Health Plan

By Kirk Carapezza House Republican leaders continue to resist the state’s slow move toward a single payer health care system. The Republican caucus on Thursday charged the Shumlin administration with failing to comply with the state’s health care reform law. House minority leader Don Turner, R-Milton, said a report commissioned by the Shumlin administration and [...]

Montpelier on Ice Jam Watch

By Amy Noyes With rain in the forecast through Thursday night, the City of Montpelier is warning residents of possible river ice jams. “Currently there is no jam and no threat of flooding,” Montpelier posted on the City website today. “However, the city continues to monitor the river and weather forecasts and will continue to [...]

Marijuana Dispensary Proposed in Brandon

By Amy Noyes The Brandon Development Review Board will hold a hearing next month on an application to convert a factory into a medical marijuana dispensary. The property received a conditional use permit from the town for light manufacturing use in April 2008. The current request before the DRB seeks a change of use to [...]

McKibben to Lawmakers: Act Now On Climate Change

By Kirk Carapezza Environmentalist and author Bill McKibben addressed members of the Legislature from the podium of the House on Wednesday, urging them to pass legislation during this biennium that might combat climate change in Vermont – and elsewhere. McKibben used his speech to admonish lawmakers that climate change and global warming – and how [...]

Cabot Considers Closing High School

Voters in Cabot are being asked to decide whether to close the town’s small high school and offer school choice for ninth through twelfth graders. The question is on the warning for the annual Cabot School District meeting. That meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m on Monday, March 4, the evening prior to Town [...]

As Lawmakers Take Up Climate Change, Businesses Say They Are Part Of Solution

By Kirk Carapezza As lawmakers turn their attention to climate change this week, business leaders and farmers were at the Statehouse Wednesday morning to talk about how it affects their operations and their bottom lines. Joe Fusco, the vice president of Casella Waste Systems, said the solid waste company sees climate change as part of [...]

Vermonters’ Savings Rate Tops Nation

NPR reports on a study by the Corporation For Enterprise Development that indicates 44 percent of Americans live on the financial edge, without enough money in savings to stay out of poverty if they were without work for more than three months. A state-by-state breakdown shows Vermonters are actually doing better than anyone else in [...]