Government & Politics

House Speaker Mitzi Johnson says passage of a property tax reform package is a top priority for this session
Angela Evancie / VPR file

A proposal is being developed representing the first major change to education financing in Vermont in over a decade, and House Speaker Mitzi Johnson says she's committed to making it a reality.

The Vermont Statehouse looking up at the front of the building frmo the stiars.
Angela Evancie / VPR file

VPR reporter Bob Kinzel has been covering the Statehouse since 1981 — longer than any continuously serving member of the Legislature.

To take advantage of that institutional memory, we're kicking off a new periodic segment called "Ask Bob." First up: a look at the increasing number of lobbyists in the Vermont Statehouse.

Vermont Supreme Court in Montpelier.
Lillian Kate Alfin Johnson / VPR/file

At first glance, the numbers look optimistic. After three years of increases in family court cases related to addiction such as child abuse and neglect, numbers were down for fiscal year 2017.

Alleged EB-5  fraudsters Ariel Quiros (left) and Bill Stenger (at podium) have settled a federal lawsuit.
Vermont Business Magazine

In the ongoing fallout from what prosecutors have called a "Ponzi-like scheme" in the Northeast Kingdom, alleged perpetrator Ariel Quiros has agreed to a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Anne Galloway, founder and editor at the news website VTDigger, has been following this story from the very beginning. She joined Vermont Edition for an update on the most recent developments.

Taps like this one at Academy School in Brattleboro were replaced after state tests discovered lead was leaching into the water.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

In November, the Department of Health announced that it was going to test 16 of the older schools around Vermont that get water from municipal sources to see if the pipes and fixtures in those buildings were leaching lead into the water. So far, they have detected unsafe levels of lead in some of the school buildings' water.