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E-mails reveal complete streets battle over Rutland City road grant

Vermont Watchdog Report

Officials in Rutland just want to fix a failing road at an affordable price. They might not be able to, if complete streets advocates get their way. According to leaders at the city’s Department of Public Works, Dorr Drive should be rebuilt as is.

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Bernie begs the question

Guest Viewpoint

Love him or hate him, one has to concede that Bernie Sanders has had a tremendous impact on the political direction of Vermont over the past a quarter century plus. His influence has reverberated throughout the Green Mountains and in our State House. He has had spawned many acolytes in the activist community and in the halls of power.

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Vermont driver’s privilege card fraud spreads to foreign countries

Vermont Watchdog Report

An investigation into fraudulent applications for Vermont driver’s privilege cards has spread to foreign countries, according to the commissioner of the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Vermont road repair costs to skyrocket under complete streets law

A one-mile road repair estimated at $263,910 could rise as high as $629,561 if lanes are added for cyclists and pedestrians, according to an analysis from the City of Rutland Department of Public Works.

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Look out Hillary: Socialist Sanders to run as Democrat for U.S. President

Sources say announcement today

According to various sources, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)will announce that he is running for President of the United States as a Democrat.

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The latest big idea in Montpelier: Taxing services

Ethan Allen Institute

On April 15 the Democratic/Progressive chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Tim Ashe, lamented the difficult time the legislature is having trying to fill a $113 million General Fund budget gap.

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Rutland: Discussion about views of energy sources

GMP is hosting a discussion about how our life experiences shape our view of different sources of energy at the GMP College Connections lecture series, Tuesday, May 5, at the Energy Innovation Center in downtown Rutland.

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Vermonters warn against state takeover of education

Vermont Watchdog Report

At a public hearing April 22 at the Statehouse, educators from across Vermont told the Senate Education Committee a district merger bill would close schools, increase education costs and lead to state control of education.

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Guest Viewpoint: Why we support the Vergennes school budget

As Directors of Vergennes Union High School, we write to urge the voters of Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham to vote in support of the proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget. We believe the proposed budget delivers value to our community in the following ways:

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Vermont lawmakers risk reinforcing mental health stigma, experts say

Vermont Watchdog Report

Vermont State House lawmakers voted 80-62 to suspend the constitutional rights of Vermonters with serious mental illness.

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Addison County sees increase in foreign-born residents

Like most of the United States, Addison County, Vt., saw an increase in the number of foreign-born residents over the last decade.

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Stigmatization of mentally ill front and center in Vermont gun control debate

Vermont Watchdog Report

Vermont State Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, who presented the bill to the House, spent much of the session taking questions about the bill’s targeting of mentally ill Vermonters.

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Time to take climate-change debate to the next level

Ethan Allen Institute

It is safe to say that all or at least most of us believe that Vermont is a very special place, and we all want to do what’s necessary to preserve and pass on this unique treasure that both draws and keeps us here – majestic mountains, pristine waters, and wild, open spaces. The question is, what is the best policy for doing so.

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From the Editor: Vermont’s dreary economic outlook

As a taxpayer and voter, you’d have to be either Eleanor Porter’s naive little orphan Pollyanna or a Kool-Aid chugging Jonestown true believer if last week’s “2015 Rich States, Poor States Report” didn’t make you feel depressed about living and working in Vermont.

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Gunners defeat near-permanent gun grab against mentally ill

Rep. Jewett's amendment would stop some Vermonters regaining gun rights

Gun rights advocates in Vermont were ready to let a Senate-approved bill restricting guns for the mentally ill slide.

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