The governors of Vermont and New Hampshire announced a twin-state family leave plan that would offer benefits to 18,500 state employees and give private businesses the option to join in at a cost affordable to employees.
Rep. Curt McCormack, an avid bike rider who doesn’t drive a car, has been named chair of the House Transportation Committee. He confirmed that his committee will try to develop more public transportation and other alternatives to cars, such as bike paths.
A slew of bills being introduced in the General Assembly aim to address guns, home school teachers, relief-from-abuse orders, smoking and more.
Gov. Phil Scott’s inaugural speech on Thursday put in a good word for churches and housing, but his discussion of childcare, broadband and Act 250 solutions raises concerns.
Gov. Phil Scott on Thursday delivered his second inaugural address, calling for bipartisan cooperation and listing priorities ranging from clean water funding and a reform of Act 250 to statewide testing of lead in schools.
Dozens of protesters wearing yellow vests showed up at the Statehouse on day-one of the 2019 legislative session to tell lawmakers that a carbon tax should not be on the agenda.
The carbon tax warriors are promoting yet another version of “carbon pricing.” This new version is the “Transportation and Climate Initiative,” promoted in nine Northeastern states by the Georgetown Climate Center.
Vermont lawmakers are enjoying an end-of-year respite while preparing for the new legislative session. To get a sense of how 2018 election results might impact the 2019 legislative agenda, True North interviewed three senior state lawmakers for their views.
My version of “best” is an outcome that would preserve the state’s solvency and bond rating, restrain spending growth, stimulate economic opportunity, deal responsibly with environmental issues and improve the workings of state government.
The rest of the nation is demonstrating that tax cuts and the removal of costly regulations lead to economic growth and prosperity. Vermont, however, is proving that high taxes and onerous regulations lead to economic stagnation, outmigration and increased poverty.
The Vermont Conservation Voters is set to push “a range of environmental priorities in the coming session” following an election landslide that gave Democrats and Progressives a supermajority at the Statehouse.