Government & Politics

South Burlington voters approved a school budget for the coming academic year after defeating two previous budget proposals.
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Voters in South Burlington approved a school budget for the coming academic year Tuesday after two earlier budgets failed. The 3,146 to 2,067 approval from voters came after a politically charged campaign.

A man arrested by federal immigration officials after a workers’ compensation meeting is out of federal custody after more than a month in jail.

Thirty-seven-year-old Jose Flores was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents immediately following a meeting arranged by his employer. Flores’ lawyers question whether his arrest was retaliation by the employer, looking to get out of the workers’ comp claim. Advocates fear his arrest could prevent other workers in the country illegally from reporting workplace accidents.

Angela Evancie / VPR file

These are uncertain times for many school boards across the state as they try to negotiate new labor contracts with local teachers unions.

A sign encouraging voters to reject the school budget and another to approve it on a lawn in South Burlington. The decision to change the school mascot name has loomed over the budget debate.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR

On Tuesday, residents of South Burlington will vote on the local school budget. This will be the third time the city has tried to pass a budget this year, and the vote is tied up in a decision to drop the school district’s mascot name, the Rebels.

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Proposed federal cuts to affordable housing funds are headed to the Senate in Washington, but Gov. Phil Scott says that whatever the federal government does, affordable housing remains a priority for his administration.

The state and the company purchasing FairPoint Communications have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that helps clear the way for approval of the sale. The Department of Public Service says Illinois-based Consolidated Communications agreed to nearly all of the state’s requests.

Chittenden County Sen. Chris Pearson, left, wants Vermont to join a coalition of states seeking to affirm the United States' role in reducing global carbon emissions.
Toby Talbot / Associated Press/file

President Donald Trump’s withdrawal this week from a landmark international agreement to combat climate change has sparked state-level efforts, including in Vermont, to uphold the United States’ role in a global pact to reduce carbon emissions.

Homeless Female Veterans: Undercounted and Underserved

Jun 2, 2017

A growing number of homeless veterans are women. But there are few places that specialize in helping them get back on their feet.

A sign in Stowe alerts trucks on Route 108 before the Smugglers' Notch section, as seen in this June 3, 2016 photo. Josh Schultz of the Vermont Agency of Transportation is tasked with trying to fix the problem of stuck trucks in Smugglers' Notch.
Wilson Ring / Associated Press

If there's one place in Vermont a big truck should never go, it's Smugglers' Notch. But since trucks still do get stuck in the notch, the Vermont Agency of Transportation is working on figuring out new ways to warn approaching drivers.

On an open summit not far from me is an inscription painstakingly carved in stone: Now I Am With You Always.

Desmond Boylan / Associated Press

President Donald Trump has submitted a $4.1 trillion budget for fiscal year 2018. Sen. Patrick Leahy offers his reaction to the president's first federal budget.

A long-running drama may be coming to a close in Coventry, where the town clerk who also serves as treasurer has been under an insurance and criminal investigation for how she's dealt with the town’s books.

Deb Markowitz is a former head of Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources, and represented Vermont at the United Nations summits on climate change in Paris and Morocco.

Anthony Roisman, a private attorney from Weathersfield with a background in environmental law, will serve as the next chairman of the Vermont Public Service Board.

Gov. Phil Scott, seen here at a press conference in Montpelier in late May, says he didn't ask House Republicans to support a rules suspension during the veto session that would have allowed a new marijuana legalization bill to be debated on the floor.
Bob Kinzel / VPR file

Gov. Phil Scott says he's pleased by the progress that's being made to draft a compromise marijuana legalization bill that lawmakers could consider in the upcoming veto session.

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Public health advocates say the discovery of a toxic chemical in private drinking wells in southern Vermont last year exposes shortcomings in state regulatory oversight. But an effort to bolster consumer protections fell short in the Legislature this year.

Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

All three members of Vermont's congressional delegation have strongly condemned President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement.

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