In VT One-Party Rule Takes Hold

The Associated Press MONTPELIER, Vt. — As its first order of business this year, the Vermont Senate overwhelmingly voted to uphold Gov. Peter Shumlin’s veto of a bill requiring testing of private water supplies, legislation the same body had passed less than nine months earlier. Why the change of heart?…

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Expand VT Bottle Bill

Expansion of bottle bill would create jobs New report finds that increased recycling of beverage containers creates jobs CRI Releases New Report, “Returning to Work: Understanding the Domestic Jobs Impacts from Different Methods of Recycling Beverage Containers” Expansion of Vermont’s bottle bill to include water bottles and other non-carbonated beverages…

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GPI: an alternative to traditional bottom line

An alternative to the traditional bottom line? VTDigger    May 30, 2012                 Alan Panebaker Starting next year, the Legislature will consider the value of things like clean water, volunteer work and time off for employees when it creates its budget. Under a law signed by Gov. Peter Shumlin this month, the…

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Autism law ‘one of the strongest’

Times Argus May 19, 2012                       THATCHER MOATS VERMONT PRESS BUREAU MONTPELIER — Parents of children with autism were elated Wednesday when Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill that will make more Vermonters with developmental disabilities eligible for insurance coverage. (Washington County Senator Anthony Pollina was the lead sponsor of the…

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Let State Entity Act as Bank

January 4, 2014 Neal P. Goswami VERMONT PRESS BUREAU MONTPELIER — A Progressive state senator is floating a proposal to move 10 percent of the state’s cash on hand — or about $35 million — into the Vermont Economic Development Authority to allow for more investment in local businesses and…

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Students Push to Divest Fuel Stocks

January 24, 2014 BETH GARBITELLI The Associated Press MONTPELIER — College students gathered at the State House on Thursday in support of legislation that would divest the state pension fund of stocks from top fossil fuel companies. If the bill passes, Vermont would be the first state to drop fossil…

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Tenants Gain New Right

David Delcore        TIMES ARGUS MONTPELIER — Landlords who don’t pay their water bills might not receive all of their rent thanks to new legislation that lets tenants take over delinquent accounts and deduct the payments they make from their rent. First floated more than a year ago,…

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Distributors Want to End Bottle Bill

Vermont beverage distributors have an alternative to the state’s bottle bill and they are prepared to pay for it, an industry lobbyist told lawmakers Friday. The proposal would replace public trash receptacles with public recycling bins. In exchange, distributors want to do away with the state’s bottle deposit law, which…

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Senate Endorses Bill to Regulate Toxic Chemicals

The state Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would ban chemicals from consumer products sold in Vermont if the state considers them harmful to human health. S.239 passed by a vote of 18-12 Wednesday. It needs final approval from the Senate before moving to the House. The legislation…

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Pollina Pushes ’10 Percent for Vt.’ Plan

MONTPELIER — The Senate Finance Committee began reviewing a proposal Tuesday to direct 10 percent of the state’s cash on hand to local investments. The “10 Percent for Vermont” plan sponsored by Washington County Sen. Anthony Pollina, an alternative to a politically unpopular state-owned bank, emerged from the Senate Government…

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