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House Budget Plan Passes Despite Opposition From Shumlin, GOP

By Kirk Carapezza The House approved a budget on Friday that increases state spending by roughly 5 percent. The budget makes investments in such areas as higher education, low-income heating assistance and health care, while limiting how long someone can collect welfare benefits. Republicans intended to offer an amendment that would have reduced spending growth. Money [...]

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, [...]

Castleton Voters Reject New Town Office Proposal

By Amy Kolb Noyes For the third time in a year, voters in Castleton have rejected a proposal for new town offices. Nearly two years ago, mold and other safety issues forced municipal officials to move out of the town office – a historic red brick building they’d used for over fifty years. Ever since, [...]

Finance Officials Warn Against Overreacting to Sequestration

By Kirk Carapezza Despite widespread estimates about the potential effects that across-the-board federal spending cuts could have on the states, Vermont’s Joint Fiscal Office said Wednesday it doesn’t know the precise impact of sequestration. Still, Commissioner of Finance and Management Jim Reardon said the risks to state operations are real. “We are a state that [...]

Some Upper Valley Residents Asked to Help Test Emergency Warning Systems

Two Upper Valley communities are testing several emergency notification systems this week. On Wednesday, February 27, the town of Hartford is trying out a system called CodeRED. Emergency officials will make phone calls throughout the afternoon. The aim is to test the accuracy of the data base and to encourage people to spread the word [...]

Warning Watch Part IV: Town Meeting Day 2013

Town Meeting Day is nearly upon us! VPR has been searching the warnings from towns around Vermont to find important, interesting, and sometimes quirky local issues being discussed at town meetings around the state. Find them on Twitter using #PublicPost from Amy Kolb Noyes on Twitter. And tweet any interesting items coming up at your [...]

Hartford to Get Tough on Guns This Town Meeting?

By Amy Kolb Noyes Some of Vermont’ s Town Meetings will focus on national issues this year. Town Meeting voters in Hartford are being asked to send a unified message to lawmakers regarding tougher gun laws. Hartford holds town meeting balloting throughout the day on Tuesday, March 5, in addition to holding an annual town [...]

Warning Watch Part III: Town Meeting Day 2013

Vermont’s town meetings get underway in just a couple of weeks. VPR has been watching the warnings to find important, interesting, and sometimes quirky local issues being raised in Vermont communities. Find them on Twitter using #publicpost from Amy Kolb Noyes on Twitter. And tweet any interesting items coming up at your town meeting @AmyKolbNoyes. [...]

Shumlin Taps Ferrisburgh Republican for Open House Seat

By Kirk Carapezza Governor Peter Shumlin appointed Republican Warren Van Wyck of Ferrisburgh to an open House seat in Addison County on Friday. Van Wyck will complete the two-year term of the late Rep. Greg Clark, R-Vergennes, who died after being struck by a car late last year. Here’s Gov. Shumlin’s statement: “Warren has big [...]