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Editorial: Lisman's choice opens up new role for Campaign Vermont

Posted on May 22, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In state political news, the biggest announcement of the week was Bruce Lisman reporting that he would not be running for governor against Democrat incumbent Peter Shumlin. That seemingly gives Shumlin clear sailing for another two-year term. Considering the controversial issues at stake — paying for health care reform, restructuring school governance and getting school spending under control, and keeping a lid on state taxes, to name a few — it’s surprising that a strong opponent hasn’t yet emerged.

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U.S. Energy Secretary talks climate change at Middlebury College

Posted on May 19, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MIDDLEBURY — The U.S. Secretary of Energy praised Vermont’s efforts in renewable energy development and defended the expansion of natural gas use at a panel at Middlebury College Friday morning.

Secretary Ernest Moniz was flanked by the state’s Congressional delegation and Gov. Peter Shumlin, as well as state business and academic leaders.

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Local lawmakers review the 2014 session

Posted on May 15, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — Local lawmakers and Gov. Peter Shumlin this week were tying a bow on what they said was a very productive 2014 session of the Vermont Legislature, one they said has paved the way for new jobs, fewer drug addicts, a higher minimum wage and a record investment in the state’s roads, bridges and culverts.

Lawmakers wrapped up their work at the Vermont Statehouse on Saturday, May 10, capping more than four months of work on a litany of issues ranging from boilerplate municipal charter changes to a $5.5 billion state budget.

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Eric Davis: Lawmakers earn middling grades

Posted on May 15, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



The 2014 session of the Vermont Legislature ended last Saturday evening. How should the session be judged?

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Miller gives business a voice in state's health reform effort

Posted on April 17, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MONTPELIER — If you’d told Otter Creek Brewing founder Lawrence Miller two decades ago that he would someday play a key role in Vermont’s effort to transition to a single-payer health care system, Miller would probably have wondered if you had consumed a little too much of his beer.

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Editorial: H.552 — House plan unravels state's pro-business efforts

Posted on April 10, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The primary reason to phase in the minimum wage hike in Vermont from $8.73 per hour to $10.10 per hour over three years—instead of rushing to that level by Jan. 1, 2015 as House bill H-552 mandates—is so Vermont businesses can gradually adjust to the 15 percent hike in labor expenses and are not put at a disadvantage with neighboring states.

That argument, and the big-picture narrative that goes along with it, seems lost on many members of the House.

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Opinion: Shumlin skirts pipeline answers

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By Norton Latourelle



I left the Legislative Luncheon in Middlebury on March 24 with an upset stomach. It had little to do with the great goulash and brownie meal that the American Legion provided. The trouble seemed to originate from the keynote speaker. What the press didn’t say is what the governor avoided answering. And how could they? He didn’t say anything. Sound confusing? Well that’s how I felt.

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Eric Davis: Scheuermann steps up for GOP

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By Eric Davis



Rep. Heidi Scheuermann of Stowe told reporters last week that she is seriously considering entering the race for governor as a Republican.

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Editorial: Wage hike deserves Senate approval

Posted on March 31, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Gov. Shumlin’s call for an increase in the minimum wage hike to $10.10 an hour by 2017 is not only the right thing to do, it also makes economic sense.

No reasonable person can argue that a lower wage is good for business or the nation’s economy. The economic goal of the nation should be to create and nurture a vibrant and thriving middle class, which includes those at the lower end of the wage scale who see the merits of hard work yield a lifestyle that, at the very least, can put food on the table and shelter overhead.

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Shumlin unconvinced on school funding changes, upbeat on single-payer health care

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday warned about the potential legal consequences of overhauling the state’s education finance system and expressed his priorities for a single-payer health care system that could be in place as soon as 2017.

Shumlin made his comments during an interview at the Addison Independent. The governor also appeared on Monday at a legislative luncheon at the Middlebury Legion (see related story on Page 1A) at which he was challenged on his support for the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project.

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