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Cost of health care transistion is still unclear

Posted on February 13, 2014 |
By John Flowers



WHITING — With 2017 fast approaching, Addison County residents are pressing lawmakers to estimate the cost of Vermont’s proposed conversion to a single-payer health care system. Act 48, passed by the Legislature in 2011, called for a detailed plan for a single-payer health system by 2017, and a financing scheme was due last year.

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Lawmakers discuss pipeline regulation

Posted on February 13, 2014 |
By John Flowers



WHITING  — Monday’s Legislative Breakfast in Whiting drew several Cornwall residents who urged lawmakers to slow down or suspend a Public Service Board review of Vermont Gas Systems’s proposed “Phase II” natural gas pipeline. The $70 million project is designed to deliver natural gas from Middlebury to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y.

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Shoreland bill continues to generate controversy

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By John Flowers



BRIDPORT — Health care reform, education financing and budget matters are making most of the headlines in the Vermont Statehouse these days, but Addison County residents reminded lawmakers on Monday of another issue they will follow intently this legislative session: A proposed law that would regulate the manner in which shoreland properties can be developed.

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Changes to Current Use law debated by legislators

Posted on February 3, 2014 |
By Hillary Niles of VTDigger.org



MONTPELIER — The Vermont House and Senate agriculture committees are gearing up for a showdown over changes to the state’s flagship land conservation program.

A special study committee chaired by Sen. Bobby Starr, D-Essex/Orleans, struck all the language from a bill that passed the House in 2013. The Senate version — still a rough draft — was discussed at the Statehouse on Tuesday evening at the fifth and final in a series of public hearings.

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Proposed law looks to jumpstart 'new economy' companies in Vt.

Posted on February 3, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Rep. Paul Ralston, D-Middlebury, has co-authored legislation he believes will inject new vitality into Vermont’s business sector without spending a lot of new money.

It’s known as H.736 — dubbed “Unlocking Vermont’s Economic Potential” bill — aimed at protecting and growing Vermont’s current industries, while encouraging and rewarding entrepreneurs and innovators in new technology and knowledge-based businesses, according to Ralston.

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Guest editorial: Legislators should consider options on day care bill

Posted on February 3, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



As Vermont has witnessed with campaign finance reform and Entergy, it’s costly to pursue things legislatively that might not meet judicial muster. The Legislature may be on that same questionable path once again with the proposal to unionize the state’s childcare providers.

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Opinion: Suggestions offered in shorelands protection debate

Posted on January 27, 2014 |
By Matthew Witten



Editor’s note: This is an open letter to the Vermont Lake Shoreland commissioners.

I am writing as a citizen of Vermont who has spent his life on Vermont waterways. I grew up on the Battenkill River and went to summer camp on Lake Sunset in Benson. I have swum and canoed in lakes from Somerset Reservoir to Lake Memphremagog. I have worked on Lake Champlain for 20 years and am now the coordinator of citizen-science river monitoring program.

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Editorial: Shoreland bill muddies the waters it means to clean

Posted on January 27, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



House Bill 526 provides an object lesson in what’s wrong with the legislative mindset.

The bill, which was recently passed out of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee, seeks to regulate “lake shoreland protection standards.”

The intent of the legislation, like so many other bills, is all well and good. In short, the mission of the legislation is to ensure clean water in our public lakes. No one, literally, no one, is against that premise.

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Legislative Report by Betty Nuovo: state refines its energy priorities

Posted on January 23, 2014 |
By Rep. Betty Nuovo



One of the chief goals of the Vermont Legislature over the years has been to cut energy consumption through greater efficiency and to develop renewable energy resources. We continue to work towards these goals. The following is a report of accomplishments, programs and work in progress.

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Betty Nuovo: state refines its energy priorities

Posted on January 23, 2014 |
By Rep. Betty Nuovo



Betty Nuovo, a Democrat, represents Middlebury in the state House of Representatives.

One of the chief goals of the Vermont Legislature over the years has been to cut energy consumption through greater efficiency and to develop renewable energy resources. We continue to work towards these goals. The following is a report of accomplishments, programs and work in progress.

State Energy Policy

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