Maybe the timing was just co-incidence, but yesterday, on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the Aug. 14, 2003, Big Blackout that put 50 million North Americans in the dark, Gov. Phil Scott and four other New England governors announced plans to prevent crippling power blackouts.
In this State Headliners, Vermonters say our biggest problems are jobs, cost of living, opiates and taxes. Also, a large N.H. utility wants more non-whites, coal and gas are replacing carbon-free nuclear energy in Vermont and Germany, and Vermont Yankee moves all spent fuel into ultra-safe storage.
In this State Headliners, any carbon tax that punishes heavy oil and gas users would only transfer wealth to Chittenden County, Vermont to postpone Vermont Yankee decision until the federal government rules, and Barre wind turbine company announces “hardship” financing.
In this State Headliners, a candidate for U.S. House slams Planned Parenthood, the suspect in Vermont’s largest mass homicide was high on marijuana, and the best social program is a wedding ring.
In this Headliners, the Vermont attorney general is set to advise on prosecuting marijuana “gifting,” youth pot consumption is increasing, cops have few options for stoned drivers, and Newport House candidate quits Republican primary.
In this Statehouse Headliners, pot dealers “give away” marijuana to skirt the law, the Trump tax cuts make average-pay Vermonters $96 richer per month, and the Vermont Climate Action Commission won’t urge a carbon tax.
Remember back in January, when the Legislature was considering the bill that would become Act 86, Vermonters were assured that legal “recreational pot” would just be grown and smoked in people’s homes? Boy, were we ever naïve.
In this Statehouse Headliners, there’s no plan yet to recycle an estimated 35 million solar panels, and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch’s electric car rebate proposal could lower highway repair funding for Vermont highways.
In this Statehouse Headliners, who’s running for the Vermont Legislature this fall, July 1 brings good news and bad news for Vermont air pollution, new state rankings, and Vermont’s public employee unions take hit from U.S. Supreme Court. Also see Irving Berlin sing “God Bless America.”
In this Statehouse Headliners, pro-lifers warn hospital trustees about UVM eugenics, Vermont DCF separated children from 927 families in 2016, and the Trump administration promotes an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.
In this Statehouse Headliners, Global Foundries warned of uncompetitive power costs before layoffs, SCOTUS internet sales tax ruling will boost Vermont revenue, marijuana “gifts” could become big business, Bernie Sanders makes $1 million, and an Act 250 hearing scheduled for Wednesday raises the specter of Agenda 21.