Consolidation does not equal savings

ACT 153, which encouraged but did not mandate school district consolidation was passed by the legislature in 2009 (taking effect in 2010). It was promoted as a way to save large amounts of money, create efficiency and improve our educational system … Continued

What Vermont can’t afford 

Every year, Vermont gives away tens of millions of dollars to high-income taxpayers while cutting services for Vermonters who are struggling the most to make ends meet. Yet it is clear that Vermonters, as shown by their votes for national … Continued

OP-ED: EPA cuts could affect priorities

  President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 31 percent would mean an easing up on the EPA’s at times heavy-handed enforcement and push environmental groups to reset their priorities. The spending cuts – which are light years from … Continued

Alternative addiction recovery center opens in Rutland

RUTLAND, Vt. – A new substance abuse treatment program has opened its doors in Rutland, marking an important step in the state’s continued fight against opioid abuse. Rutland County has the second highest number of overdose deaths in the state, … Continued

Vermont Senate Finance Committee raises overnight occupancy fee

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REGION – The Vermont Senate Finance Committee on Thursday approved a $2 overnight occupancy fee, defying Republican Gov. Phil Scott’s request for no new taxes and fees this year.  The vote came as the governor has been wrangling with House members over his repeated requests for … Continued

Legislation 
to protect older workers from discrimination

REGION – Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has joined Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Ranking Member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging; Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chair of the Senate Special Committee on Aging; and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), in introducing … Continued

Smoking is burning a whole through your wallet

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  REGION – Smoking cannot only ruin your health; it can also burn a nasty hole through your wallet. The economic and societal costs of smoking-related issues are just as staggering. Every year, Americans collectively spend more than $300 billion, which … Continued

2017 states with the most racial progress

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With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day around the corner and 46 percent of U.S. voters expecting Donald Trump’s presidential triumph to result in worse race relations, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s States with the Most … Continued

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