Vermont Legislature

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VPR provides live streaming feed of the House and Senate proceedings, without editing or commentary. The streams are active when there's a meeting in the House or Senate and the chamber microphones are turned on; the streams are quiet otherwise.

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House Republican leaders are rejecting Gov. Peter Shumlin's plan to impose a payroll tax to finance a package of health care initiatives. Instead, they're developing an alternative proposal.

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A statewide campaign has been launched to build support for a plan to tax sugar-sweetened beverages including soda and energy drinks.

Supporters say the tax is needed to discourage Vermonters from consuming these beverages. But opponents say it's the heavy hand of government trying to influence personal behavior.

Annie Russell / VPR

Try to picture a “help wanted” ad that reads something like this:

“Large, financially ailing employer seeks part-time workers to solve tough problems in a partisan environment - with very little job security.”

So ... are you going to apply?

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Focusing on health care costs, property taxes, higher education and economic development, Gov. Peter Shumlin delivered his annual budget address yesterday.

VPR's Mitch Wertlieb spoke with the governor about his proposal.

When my great-grandfather served in the legislature decades ago, crafting laws was a slow, deliberate, contentious process – dependent on tools mostly long gone from our culture – like stenographers, typewriters, carbons and telegrams. Revisions took time to typeset and duplicate, affording legislators plenty of opportunity to discuss bills at gatherings. Politics have always played a role in legislation, but bills became law only after lengthy consideration. So in the end, most lawmakers knew exactly what they were voting for.

Angela Evancie / VPR

As legislators get down to business in Montpelier, a big priority for Lt. Gov. Phil Scott is business itself. Namely, what the business community says would help it thrive in the coming year.  In his inaugural address on Jan. 8, Scott said Vermont "economic policies are not firing on all cylinders" and that the Legislature should make the economy and workforce its top priority.

On the next Vermont Edition, we talk policy and politics with Scott, including what he calls the state's "affordability crisis."

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Last week's protest at the Statehouse during Gov. Peter Shumlin's inaugural address wasn't the first time that a governor's speech has been interrupted by protesters. A similar incident took place 24 years ago.

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Two Senate committees expected to play a central role in this year's major policy overhauls got new leadership Friday when the Senate Committee on Committees (which is an actual thing) appointed committees for the upcoming biennium.

Angela Evancie / VPR

Months of waiting are over. A joint assembly of Vermont's House and Senate made it official yesterday: Gov. Peter Shumlin gained a third two-year term with a vote total of 110 to 69 over Republican challenger Scott Milne.