House Advances Housekeeping Health Bill

VPR Staff Lawmakers face a long list of bills that are ready for debate by the full House and Senate. That’s because a key deadline passed last week that required committees to complete work on bills that they want to be addressed this year. And that’s how the House found itself tied up on the [...]

Flinty New Englanders Take Late-Season Storm In Stride

By Kirk Carapezza A winter storm warming is now posted for much of New England. Several inches of snow had already accumulated on the ground by the time residents in Vermont rolled out of bed Tuesday. The storm moved across New England in the early morning hours, blasting fluffy, light snow on roads and rooftops, [...]

Smith Says Lawmakers Need to Scale Back Spending

VPR Staff House Speaker Shap Smith says a tight state budget means lawmakers will have to scale back Gov. Peter Shumlin’s spending priorities. The governor wants to increase child care subsidies by using $17 million now spent on a tax credit for working Vermonters. Smith says that idea lacks support in the House. And the [...]

Shumlin Sticks to His Budget Proposals

By Kirk Carapezza We’re quickly approaching the crossover point for this legislative session, and Governor Peter Shumlin is not backing down from his spending and revenue proposals. This week, Shumlin has been meeting with Senate and House leaders behind closed doors. It’s part of an effort to see if there’s any way the Legislature can [...]

Town Meeting Wrap-up: Part III

By Amy Kolb Noyes Prior to Vermont’s 2013 town meetings, VPR News tweeted some interesting items found in the various warnings. Since Town Meeting Day we’ve been following up on and tweeting those results. Find them on Twitter using #PublicPost or follow Amy Kolb Noyes on Twitter. Here are the latest, in case you missed [...]

Three Towns Weigh In On Rights Of Nature

By Amy Kolb Noyes Strafford resident Steve Marx thinks nature deserves the same rights afforded to people and, in light of the Citizens United Supreme Court case, corporations. And he aims to change the Vermont Constitution to guarantee those rights. With the help of the Vermont Law Schoolʼs Environmental Law Center, the Earth Law Center [...]

Vt. Chamber of Commerce Opposes Paid Leave Bill

By Kirk Carapezza The Vermont Chamber of Commerce says a bill in the House that would guarantee paid sick days for Vermont workers goes too far. If the measure were approved, workers would gain one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked up to 56 total hours – or seven days – each [...]

National Designation to Preserve Wild & Scenic Rivers

By Amy Kolb Noyes The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress 45 years ago through the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.The law is intended to protect rivers, or river segments with “outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations.” In 2009, [...]

F-35 Opponents Herald Leahy Letter As Major “U Turn”

By Kirk Carapezza Some of the opponents of an Air Force proposal to base the next generation F-35 fighter jet in Vermont are sincerely hoping a letter sent by Sen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday might indicate a striking shift in his views on the Pentagon’s program. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, [...]

Amid Shifting Landscape, UVM President Calls for Increased State Funding

By Kirk Carapezza University of Vermont President Thomas Sullivan is making the rounds at the Statehouse this week to urge lawmakers to approve $42.5 million in funding for the state’s flagship institution. Sullivan’s final push comes as administrators across the country are considering fundamental changes to the traditional higher education model. Since taking the helm [...]