Vermont Legislature


As the Vermont Legislature enters what are expected to be its final two weeks of the session, the House and Senate have yet to resolve several issues including taxes, water quality, education and vaccine exemptions.
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Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith says he wasn't taken aback last week when Governor Peter Shumlin called for $8 million more in budget cuts.

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The Vermont Senate has agreed with House changes to new restrictions on firearms ownership in Vermont.

Supporters of a Vermont carbon tax say they've signed up the owners of more than 200 mostly small business owners who are advocating for the change.

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The Vermont House has advanced legislation to raise $35 million in new taxes by limiting deductions from the state income tax.

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Budget writers in the Vermont House are closing in on approving a spending plan for the coming fiscal year that calls for about $53 million in cuts, $35 million in new taxes and $24 million in what are termed "one-time" expenditures.

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The Vermont Senate has opted to maintain a series of patient protections in the state’s aid-in-dying law that were scheduled to expire next year.

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Friday the 13th is more than a day of fear and consternation. It’s Crossover Day in the Vermont legislature — and with it looming at the end of this week, it appears that the vast majority of bills being considered in the Statehouse may be shelved until January.

Just months after narrowly winning a second term, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin’s approval rating is floundering. That’s according to a new poll from Vermont Digger and the Castleton Polling Institute.

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Cleaning up Lake Champlain will take a joint effort between business leaders, environmental officials and politicians. That was the message yesterday in Montpelier, as WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.