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Vermont Senate approves controversial gun control bill

Vermont Watchdog Report

A controversial bill that bans violent felons and mentally ill Vermonters from possessing a firearm passed a preliminary vote of 20 to 8 in the Senate on Wednesday.

The high cost of electric in Vermont | Legislative Report

As I knocked on hundreds of doors this past summer and fall, I heard from residents many concerns about high property taxes, the high cost-of-living in Vermont, excessive regulations on businesses, the need for more good-paying jobs, especially for young people, and the water quality of Lake Champlain.

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Study: Addison County second healthiest county in Vermont

Chittenden County no. 1, Rutland County no. 11

According to a new study conducted by by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Addison County is ranked right behind Chittenden County as the healthiest county in Vermont.

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Doctors come to Vermont to restore patient control over health care

Vermont Watchdog Report

As health care officials from Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration fight a never-ending battle with overpriced insurance-based health systems, a quiet physician-patient revolution is under way to bypass health-care middlemen and pass the savings on to consumers.

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Vermont schools—forced consolidation vs. going independent

Ethan Allen Institute

Last November, Vermonters sent a loud and clear message to Montpelier to fix Vermont’s education financing system and lower our property tax burden. The response now coming out of the legislature is based on mandatory

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Vermont earns an ‘F’ on welfare-reform report card

Vermont is among seven states that earned an “F” for its welfare reform policies on the 2015 Welfare Reform Report Card, a comprehensive piece of scholarship produced by four public policy researchers at the conservative Heartland Institute.

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Middlebury College to host Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott

Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) announced that Lt. Gov. Phil Scott is coming to Middlebury March 23.

Special meeting: Farewell to auditor’s office?

Special Town Meeting on Charter Amendments April 27 & 28.

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Agreement brings closer Vermont-to-Montreal passenger rail service

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) says years of work on the goal of restoring passenger rail service between Vermont and Montreal took a major step forward this week as the United States and Canada signed a long-awaited agreement designed to improve cross border travel and security between the two countries.

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Gov. Shumlin officially opens maple sugar season

Gov. Peter Shumlin kicked off Vermont’s 2015 maple sugar season March 16, officially tapping a tree at Slopeside Syrup.

Officials discuss gas project remand

The Vermont Public Service Board is considering another remand of Phase I of the Addison Natural Gas Project as a result of the increase in VGS’s cost estimate.

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Survey: 52% of businesses exclusive to Vermont believe the state’s economy is declining

Davis and Hodgdon Associates CPAs conducted its semi-annual economic survey in January regarding the outlook of Vermont-based businesses.

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All but 12 school districts face restructuring: RHS, CVU meet threshold

Vermont Watchdog Report

A bill to address Vermont’s education finance crisis will require a merger for all but 12 of the state’s approximately 270 school districts.

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Special town meeting to pave future of Middlebury's auditor’s office

A special town meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 27, at 7 p.m., with Australian Ballot voting on article 1 to take place on Tuesday, April 28.

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Voter registration plan opposed in Middlebury

Members of the Middlebury Select Board endorsed a letter to Middlebury’s state legislative representatives seeking their support in opposition to current legislation (S.29 and H.347) that proposes to allow Election Day voter registration.