Taylor Dobbs

Digital Reporter

Taylor is VPR's digital reporter. After growing up in Vermont, he graduated with at BA in Journalism from Northeastern University in 2013.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Clean Time: One Addict's Year Of Recovery

In July, Meghan reached a milestone in her 12-step program: one year clean.
Angela Evancie VPR

“It’s hard for me to acknowledge progress I’ve made sometimes,” Meghan said, “but when I look back and think of who I was and where I was at and what my life was like on a day-to-day basis 301 days ago, it’s like a 180.”

It was early May, and Meghan was sitting in a food court in a mall in Burlington. Stale pop music played through the overhead speakers, and groups of teenagers occasionally wandered by. A routine mid-week scene, but Meghan was celebrating; 300 days earlier, she woke up and, for the first time in a long time, didn’t go straight for the heroin.

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The Frequency
4:32 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Politicians, Candidates React To Health Exchange Downtime

Vermont politicians and political candidates weighed in on Tuesday’s announcement that Vermont Health Connect will be taken offline for fixes for weeks. Here’s what they had to say:

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott

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VPR News
10:57 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Vermont's Health Exchange Site Is Offline For Repairs

From left, Gov. Peter Shumlin, Secretary of Human Services Harry Chen and Lawrence Miller, Shumlin's senior advisor on health care. Mark Larson (background, red tie) is no longer in control of Vermont Health Connect.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Tuesday that his administration has made the decision to take the Vermont Health Connect website offline for weeks to make repairs, and oversight for the project has shifted.

Shumlin said he made the decision with the hopes of ensuring a smooth open enrollment period starting in November. Open enrollment is the time when new customers can purchase health care through the exchange for the coming year.

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The Frequency
7:10 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Report: Scott Milne Splits With Campaign Manager

Less than eight weeks before the general election, Scott Milne is without a campaign manager.
Angela Evancie VPR

The Burlington Free Press reports that Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne and campaign manager Brent Burns have parted ways after just two months working together.

"I resigned Friday," Burns confirmed Monday. "For the last six years, I have been working in super high stress jobs. I needed to take a step back," Burns explained when asked why. "All the rest is between Scott and I."

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The Frequency
1:11 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Corren, Sorrell Take On Gasoline Price Gap

Dean Corren, right, explained a graph showing the gap between Burlington gas prices and the statewide average.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

Dean Corren, Lieutenant Governor candidate for both the Progressive and Democratic parties, joined Attorney General Bill Sorrell for a campaign stop at a gas station in Burlington Monday morning, but they weren’t filling up.

The pair were hoping to bring attention to the discrepancy in gas prices between northwestern Vermont and other areas of the state, like Rutland. In photos taken Sunday, a gas station in Rutland showed a price of $3.39 for regular while a Burlington station was charging $3.58 – a 19 cent difference.

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The Frequency
10:23 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Regulators May Reconsider Phase 1 Of Vermont Gas Pipeline

The Vermont Supreme Court has granted a request from the state Public Service Board that will allow the board to reconsider its December 2013 ruling that approved Phase 1 of the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline for construction.

The project in question is planned to extend Vermont Gas' network south from Chittenden County to the Middlebury area. It is the first phase of a three-phase project that is ultimately planned to bring Vermont Gas service to Rutland.

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The Frequency
1:19 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Champlain College Downtown Housing Project Moves Forward

A downtown housing project planned by Champlain College is again moving forward after months of delay caused by a dispute with Burlington's Development Review Board.

The housing, which was originally designed to accommodate 300 Champlain College students on St. Paul Street in Burlington's South End, got a nod of approval from city politicians last year when the city agreed to sell a parking lot to the school for the project.

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The Frequency
12:33 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Tax Department Hopes Public Shaming Will Make Delinquents Pay Up

The Vermont Department of Taxes is gearing up to release lists of the 100 individual and business taxpayers with the largest amounts of unpaid tax debt to the state.

A law enacted in June gives the department authority "to compile and publish these lists as another way to obtain compliance from taxpayers," according to a news release.

The release said more than 28 states publish such lists, and it's been effective in getting delinquent taxpayers to pay up.

The Frequency
2:49 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Million-Dollar Mistake: Burlington Electric Over-Billed City, UVM For Years

Burlington Electric Department announced today that officials have recently discovered billing issues dating back as far as 2003 that led to the over-billing of two of the utility’s largest customers: The City of Burlington and the University of Vermont. Another issue officials discovered led to under-billing for the ECHO Center on the Lake Champlain waterfront. 

The billing issue at the city of Burlington, which went back to 2008, was discovered when the city’s bills for street lights went up despite a program to replace old street lights with energy efficient LED lights.

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The Frequency
4:38 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

After Cost Increase, Regulators Want To Reevaluate Vermont Gas Pipeline

The Vermont Public Service Board is seeking permission from the Vermont Supreme Court to reevaluate the Vermont Gas pipeline.
Taylor Dobbs VPR File Photo

State regulators took the first step Thursday toward a reevaluation of the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline from Chittenden County south to the Middlebury area.

The board granted a Certificate of Public Good for the pipeline project in December, but is seeking to take another look at it in light of a 40 percent cost increase announced by Vermont Gas in July.

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