Conservation easements are legal agreements designed to protect land from development forever. But a bill under consideration in the Statehouse would allow those restrictions to be amended, or lifted entirely.
The bill has sparked a fierce debate among land conservation advocates. Opponents argue the legislation could lead to circumstances in which land that was supposed to be protected in “in perpetuity” no longer would be.
We often hear from Senator Bernie Sanders regarding legislative issues in Washington that affect Vermont, but many political observers and Vermonters were also intrigued recently when the Independent Senator commented in The Nation that he was “prepared to run for President” in 2016.
Contract negotiations are scheduled for this weekend between the Chittenden County Transportation Authority management and the driver’s union. The drivers plan to strike on Monday if the two sides don’t reach agreement.
At an auditorium in Burlington City Hall Thursday night, over 150 supporters of CCTA drivers gathered to support Teamsters Local 597, the drivers union.
Unfair hours and working conditions were key issues that could lead to a stop work action. Last month, the union voted 53-4 to reject CCTA's most recent contract offer.
The Shumlin Administration earlier this year promised to give lawmakers their first look at how Vermont might pay for single-payer health care. But the governor has once again opted to delay his financing timeline.
It’s been three years since Peter Shumlin vowed to deliver the nation’s first publicly financed health care system. But he has yet to show voters what taxes he’d use to raise the $2 billion or so needed to fund the program.
For some of us, spring can’t come too soon. But this cold winter has created the ideal conditions for making a sweet dessert beverage. It’s called ice cider and it’s fermenting right now in a a cellar in Newport.
The Paralympic opening ceremonies are underway in Sochi Friday, and there is one Vermonter taking part. Stephen Lawler will be competing in the giant slalom.
Lawler, who was born with spina bifida, has been skiing since he was about 10 years old. Erin Fernandez of Vermont Adaptive Ski And Sports says Lawler started racing on a mono ski when he was 12-years old, and from the beginning, he really excelled.
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin participates in the morning session of the National Governor's Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.
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President Barack Obama, center, sits down for lunch with from l-r, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Labor Sec. of Labor Thomas Perez at a cafe in New Britain, Conn., on March 5, 2014.
On the heels of meetings with President Obama in Connecticut and with the National Governors Association in Washington, D.C., Governor Peter Shumlin was back in Vermont for Town Meeting Day this week. He was our guest Friday at noon to discuss the results of Town Meeting meeting votes on school budgets, in which Vermont's largest communities rejected their school funding plans. We also looked ahead to the second half of the legislative session at the legislative priorities that Shumlin is focused on, and discussed the financing of a single-payer health care system.