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Lawmakers ready for tax hike votes; expect pain at pump to help fix roads

Posted on March 21, 2013 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Local lawmakers were poised this week to vote on several tax initiatives aimed at improving the state’s road and bridges and backfilling federal dollars for health care and other services.

Lawmakers commented on those challenges at Monday’s legislative breakfast at the Bristol American Legion Hall. Chief among those tax proposals: A plan to raise the state’s gasoline tax by 2 percent this year and next year.

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Legislators hold out little hope for Bottle Bill changes

Posted on March 21, 2013 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — A local citizen is urging lawmakers to make changes in the law that discourages Vermonters from littering.

At Monday’s legislative breakfast at the Bristol American Legion Hall, some of the legislators discussed the tenuous prospects this session for an expanded Bottle Bill. Some residents, like Bristol’s Peter Grant, argued the current 5-cent deposit doesn’t provide enough incentive anymore for people to keep and redeem their containers. As a consequence, an increasing number of cans and bottles are becoming litter.

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Vermonters take stock of gun laws, weigh firearms facts

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Gun violence in Vermont has largely been confined to suicides, but concerns linger about the ease with which guns can be obtained in Vermont and then potentially circulated to high-crime areas of other states.

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Vermont lawmakers consider tax and fee increases

Posted on March 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — When lawmakers return to Montpelier this week after their Town Meeting break, they will continue consideration of where to get revenues for state programs.

Lawmakers at the Legislative Breakfast in Vergennes last week discussed potential increases in existing fees and taxes, as well as Gov. Peter Shumlin’s proposed new 10-percent surcharge on break-open tickets sold by various civic groups, including the American Legion Halls.

INCREASED FEES AND TAXES?

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Transition to health benefit exchange in Vt. nears

Posted on March 7, 2013 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — At a Legislative Breakfast in Vergennes Monday, Addison County lawmakers served notice that residents this fall will begin to see a transition to a new federal health care system — and possibly a single-payer system four years down the road.

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House committees tweaking search and rescue bills

Posted on March 7, 2013 |
By Cindy Hill



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Search and Rescue bill, H.182, is moving forward through the Legislature. After substantially bolstering the bill proposed by a summer study committee, the House Government Operations committee last Thursday approved the bill and passed it on to the House Appropriations Committee.

Appropriations the next day voted out the bill with only a minor technical change.

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Two local farmer-lawmakers see different sides on GMO bill

Posted on March 7, 2013 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — A proposed law that would require manufacturers to label Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, was a key discussion point at Monday’s Legislative Breakfast in Vergennes.

The bill, known as H.112, passed the House Agriculture Committee by an 8-3 vote last Friday.

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Vt. House committee approves GMO labeling bill

Posted on March 4, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



MONTPELIER — Vermont is one step closer to becoming the first state to put mandatory labels on genetically modified food products.

On Friday, the House Agriculture Committee, after weeks of testimony, passed H.112, or the “GMO labeling bill,” by an 8-3 vote. H.112 requires producers to put labels on raw agricultural and processed, packaged food products that are genetically engineered. The bill will go to the House Judiciary Committee for review, then to the floor for a vote.

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Earned Income Tax Credit Plan panned

Posted on February 21, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Peter Shumlin’s proposed redirection of $17 million from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program to help expand early child education programs drew some criticism at Monday’s Legislative Breakfast at the American Legion Post in Middlebury.

Shumlin’s proposal has come under fire from those who contend that reduction in the EITC benefit will hit low-income recipients the hardest.

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Legislature considers new search and rescue rules

Posted on February 21, 2013 |
By Cindy Hill



MONTPELIER — The Vermont House Governmental Operations committee has begun considering legislation to improve the way law enforcement agencies and emergency service personnel respond to calls of lost hikers, skiers and boaters.

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