Josh O'Gorman

Contributing Reporter

Josh O'Gorman is a reporter for the Vermont Press Bureau and a contributor to VPR News.

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Angela Evancie / VPR file

Lawmakers burned the midnight oil early Saturday morning to approve a bill that softens the impact of school district spending thresholds.

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She left Vermont a better place than she found it.

This was the overarching message offered at the State House on Friday during a celebration of the life of lieutenant governor, state senator and first lady Barbara Snelling, whose impact on Vermont can be felt not just in the field of politics, but also in education and philanthropy.

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Dr. Louis Meyers believes a political outsider can offer a fresh perspective to state government.

The 60-year-old Williston resident and internist at Rutland Regional Medical Center is the fourth candidate to throw his hat into the political ring for the post of lieutenant governor in 2016.

The first-time candidate is running as an independent. He faces competition from Kesha Ram, a Democratic representative from Burlington, and Republican Randy Brock, a former state senator and state auditor.

Angela Evancie / VPR File

Negotiations between state workers and the Shumlin administration have broken down and are heading to mediation, according to the employees’ union.

More than two months of weekly negotiations between the state and the Vermont State Employees Association have resulted in a stalemate and will require a mediator, according to union president Steve Howard.

Some school districts on the fast track to merge will have to wait a little longer for clarification of a controversial aspect of the new consolidation law.

A provision of the school district merger bill that seeks to lower education spending could end up having the opposite effect.

Angela Evancie / VPR/file

Strange. Weird. Bizarre. Lawmakers, pundits and lobbyists have used all these words, and more, to describe the past 18 weeks in Montpelier. Amid all the drama, however, the Legislature managed to get some work done.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

Lawmakers are taking a step they hope will increase voter participation.

By a vote of 20 to 7 Thursday afternoon, the Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would allow residents to register to vote on the day of an election. Currently, an individual who wishes to cast a vote on a Tuesday must have registered to vote by the previous Wednesday.