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The latest controversy over the potential basing of F-35 fighter jets at the Burlington International Airport isn’t over the plane. It’s about why the Burlington City Council has cancelled a review of the matter.

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The head of the city council in the Vermont city of Burlington says the council will not discuss the F-35 fighter jet at its upcoming meeting because of a lack of the proper insurance.

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The Burlington City Council heard public comment Monday night on a controversial U.S. Air Force proposal to base F-35 fighter jets at the National Guard base at the Burlington International Airport.


A committee of the Burlington City council is reviewing a law that requires businesses that contract with the city to pay a livable wage.


A Vermont gun club has barred a city’s police department from its firing range after city leaders approved a measure that could lead to an assault weapons ban.

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In the wake of the recent school shooting in Connecticut a city councilor in Vermont's largest city has drafted a proposed municipal charter change to ban ownership of assault weapons with high-capacity ammunition clips in the city.


Burlington leaders have approved resolutions opposing the transport of tar sands oil through Vermont.

During their weekly meeting, Burlington Vermont City Councillors passed resolutions opposing a plan to transport tar sand oil from Canada thru Vermont.

It also called on the state to phase out any fuel purchases that originate from tar sands and asks that the city divest in any investments related to tar sands.  

Mayor Miro Weinberger approved and signed the resolutions on Thursday.


Burlington's City Council has voted to reserve first-option rights on the purchase of a hydro plant on the Winooski River.

The Burlington Free Press reports that means the city's Electric Department will pay a $100,000 deposit to the private owners of the 7.3 megawatt Winooski One plant.

That deposit would either apply to the purchase price, or be returned if city voters don't authorize funds for the deal.

The full price of the three-turbine facility hasn't been determined.


Voters in the Vermont city of Burlington will be asked in November whether they would support legalizing and taxing marijuana.

The Burlington City Council on Monday approved several measures for the November ballot, including the pot question.

WCAX-TV reports that voters also will be asked whether they support a $9 million bond to help boost the city's credit rating and a half-cent increase in the property tax to help pay for rehabilitating the bike path.

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The Burlington city council is going to consider asking voters in Vermont's largest city whether marijuana should be legalized and taxed.

Progressive Councilor Max Tracy says he is planning to ask the council next week to consider adding the non-binding referendum to the city's ballot in November.

He says the idea is not an endorsement of marijuana use nor a call for legislative action. Rather, he says it's a way to survey the opinion of voters on the issue.