Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott says his administration is planning to accelerate the release of documents related to a visa program connected to a massive fraud case against the owner and former president of the Jay Peak ski resort.
The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources oversees three departments: Fish and Wildlife; Forests, Parks and Recreation; and Environmental Conservation. In December, then Governor-elect Phil Scott announced Julie Moore would be appointed secretary of the agency. She is the former Director of the Clean and Clear program in Governor Jim Douglas’ administration and chair of the Vermont Community Advisory Committee on Lake Champlain. Secretary Julie Moore explains why one of her first actions was to undertake her recently completed statewide listening tour.
The Burlington City Council recently approved a nearly $158,000 contract to purchase 110 body cameras for the Burlington City Police Department. Deputy Chief of Police Jannine Wright says that although some officers have body cams, the new contract will outfit every officer and replace aging technology.
Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan has issued a new pamphlet for municipalities across the state. Produced by his office and the state’s Immigration Task Force, the “Guidance to Vermont Cities and Towns Regarding Immigration Enforcement” provides information regarding localities’ “ability to prohibit and restrict certain actions with respect to working with the federal government on enforcing federal immigration law.” Donovan explains why he felt it was important to provide the information to Vermont’s municipalities.
The city of Montpelier, Vermont, has received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to create a master plan for public art and commission the city's first major public art work to be installed at a redevelopment project.
Vermonters come together on Town Meeting Day to elect local officials and decide school budgets. It’s also a time when residents discuss a number of binding and non-binding questions. We look at some of the items that came up during Tuesday’s meetings across the state.
Vermont's attorney general is asking to intervene in the state Public Service Board's review of the sale of the closed Vermont Yankee power plant, saying significant environmental and financial issues are at stake.
John McClaughry is an old hand in Vermont political circles. The founder of the conservative think tank The Ethan Allen Institute, he served in both the Vermont House and Senate. He worked in Washington in the 1960’s for the late U.S. Senator Winston Prouty and served as a policy advisor in the Reagan White House in the 1980’s. For 51 years, John McClaughry has also moderated the Town Meeting Day gathering in Kirby, Vermont. He says one of the nation’s founders is an inspiration behind Vermont’s annual tradition, which is wrapping up this evening.
Today is Town Meeting Day in Vermont, the original and traditional town hall that brings residents of communities across the state together to discuss issues, choose local leaders and decide school budgets. Former Republican Governor Jim Douglas has moderated the meeting in Middlebury for 31 years, including the years he served as governor. Now an Executive in Residence at Middlebury College, he explains that the tradition goes back to when the first town in the state was chartered.
Rutland voters will go to the polls tomorrow on Town Meeting Day to elect a mayor. Three challengers are running against incumbent Christopher Louras. We take a look at the candidates and some of the issues.
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has gathered many of the state's most powerful environmental leaders to rail against reports of deep cuts across the federal budget, especially to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Vermont Congressman Peter Welch held a roundtable discussion in Winooski this morning with refugees and immigrants who have settled in the Burlington area. The Democrat wanted to learn about their challenges during the resettlement process and what contributions they feel they are making to their new home. The roundtable comes at a time of national debate over immigration policy.
Yesterday we told you about the controversy swirling about the planned new name of a gay bar in Winooski, Vermont. The failure of the Pride Center of Vermont to condemn the owner’s plan to name it Mister Sister led two board members to resign. One is Bailey Cummings, who is upset that the center is not taking a position. She says the bar owner has not been listening to the community’s concerns.