In this week’s Statehouse Headliners, pot legalization may mean more suicide and traffic deaths, a carbon tax would benefit Chittenden County at others’ expense, and all 30 senators sponsor Vermont Equal Rights Amendment.
A ruling by a Vermont Superior Court judge has led to the removal of 13 percent of a small Northeast Kingdom town’s electorate from the voter checklist, a win for plaintiffs who argued that part-time residents are not allowed to vote in Vermont elections.
While state lawmakers in Montpelier are pushing to make a $15 minimum wage mandatory for all businesses, one small Vermont business is showing that successful companies can offer higher wages without government intervention.
The House Government Operations Committee approved a bill Tuesday that imposes severe penalties for sharing Vermont’s voter checklist information with the federal government or other entities for cross-verification or voter registration purposes.
The Ethan Allen Institute hired an economist and former policy director for the Vermont Department of Public Service to crunch numbers and determine what economic impact the ESSEX carbon tax plan will have on the state. The outlook isn’t good for Vermonters.
For years, this town in the Green Mountains has been known not only as the gateway to Stratton Mountain, but as a community with a significant educational perk: Full school choice, from kindergarten to senior year of high school. But that selling point has led to an expensive drawback.
At issue in Rupert is the town’s long-standing practice of designating nearby Salem, N.Y. as its high school, which would be replaced by a school choice tuition model if the merger is upheld. The long-standing connection between the towns has been cited by merger opponents as reason to continue as a separate district.
The House Education Committee is hearing what’s working and what’s not with the state’s pre-K education law, which enables families to seek state payment for 10 hours of pre-K funding for 35 weeks in a year.
People’s United Bank was the first institutional investor to commit to purchasing the Sustainability Bonds. The Vermont State Employees Credit Union (VSECU) also purchased bonds.