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While there maybe some agreement at the Statehouse on the health care policies that need to be addressed this year, there is a lot disagreement on how to pay for these programs.

Calais Rep. Janet Ancel, the chairwoman of the House Ways and Means committee, has spent a lot of time reviewing the governor's payroll tax plan. She says some committee members question if there actually is a direct link between the money that's used to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates and reductions in private health care premiums.

A list of potential budget cuts totaling about $29 million was revealed Thursday by the Shumlin administration and key lawmakers that may be used to help close a budget gap in the 2016 fiscal year that has grown larger during this legislative session.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin and legislative leaders say this is the year to take action to clean up Lake Champlain and other polluted waters. The sense of urgency was heightened last week when the legislature held an unusual joint assembly to hear dramatic testimony from business and environmental advocates about Lake Champlain in crisis.

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Bennington Sen. Dick Sears isn’t generally known for his delicacy. When troubled by circumstance, or the person who brought it about, Sears will, from time to time, lend voice to his dissatisfaction.

And so it was on Wednesday morning, when the Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee unleashed an epic verbal smack down on Ed Cutler, the president of Gun Owners of Vermont.

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A bill that would make it more difficult for parents to avoid mandatory vaccinations for their children is unlikely to be debated this year. Legislative leaders say they have other, more pressing, priorities.

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A central part of Gov. Peter Shumlin's plan to boost Medicaid reimbursement rates is his guarantee that the plan will reduce private health insurance premiums by 5 percent. But a top state health care official says that guarantee is anything but certain.

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A bi-partisan coalition of House members is hoping to jumpstart the property tax debate at the Statehouse with a proposal that uses both a statewide property tax and a local income tax.

Backers of a new property tax plan that places a greater reliance on the income tax say their proposal creates a clear link between local spending levels and tax rates.

Audio from this story will be posted at approximately 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 23.

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The annual election of the Statehouse sergeant-at-arms doesn’t usually carry much drama. But there was plenty of intrigue on Thursday, when lawmakers ousted longtime incumbent Francis Brooks in favor of his challenger, Janet Miller.

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With the national outbreak of measles, there's been a lot of focus at the Statehouse on exemptions to Vermont's mandatory childhood immunization law. But some lawmakers want to be certain that all teachers are fully immunized as well.

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In his budget address at the start of the session, Gov. Peter Shumlin proposed a small payroll tax to provide new revenue that would be used to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates that are paid to health care providers.

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