Vermont Legislature

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Senate leaders are exploring a major change to Vermont's sales tax. The goal of the plan is to give the state a more sustainable revenue base in the future.

Vermont's six percent sales tax raises roughly $230 million per year for the General Fund and another $123 million for the Education Fund. It's Vermont's second largest broad based revenue source. The personal income tax is number one.

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Senate President John Campbell says it's very unlikely that the Senate will pass one of Gov. Peter Shumlin's top legislative priorities this session: making a significant reduction in the Medicaid Cost Shift.

Campbell says the governor's plan would have a detrimental impact on Vermont's business community.

Angela Evancie / VPR

The release of a high-risk sex offender from prison last week is again raising questions about state sex offender laws. 

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Representatives Chris Pearson and Jean O’Sullivan introduced a bill this week to reinstate the prohibition of alcoholic beverages in Vermont, but they don’t want it to pass.

The bill, which would make possession of alcohol punishable by up to 30 years in prison and fines of $1 million, is the latest rhetorical flourish by lawmakers hoping to legalize marijuana in Vermont.

Kirk Carapezza / VPR/file

One of the key “must-pass” bills of this session is legislation that raises roughly $30 million to help reduce the state's $112 million budget gap. And now the Senate Finance committee is tweaking a proposal passed by the House.

Business leaders are mounting a campaign against proposed changes to the income tax code, and say the plan would deal a setback to the state’s fragile economic recovery.

House lawmakers have given approval to a plan that would limit the itemized deductions Vermonters can use to lower their tax bills. That means that people who customarily write-off major expenses like home mortgage interest, health care expenses or major charitable gifts, might have to pay more in taxes.

Angela Evancie / VPR/file

Gov. Peter Shumlin is urging lawmakers to make huge new investments in health care reform. But the Vermont House has slashed his proposal dramatically. And even the pared down health reform initiative may now be in jeopardy.

Vermont's nonprofit community is strongly urging the Senate to oppose a tax plan passed by the House that caps income tax deductions. And the nonprofit organizations have an ally in Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Angela Evancie / VPR/file

It wasn’t too long ago that supporters of paid sick leave were bracing for yet another disappointing year in the Statehouse. But the legislation has suddenly sprung back to life. And House lawmakers appear poised to adopt a compromise measure that would require employers to provide most employees with at least some paid sick time every year.

Angela Evancie / VPR/file

In a stunning reversal, the House has rejected legislation concerning teacher strikes that it passed late Wednesday afternoon. The bill that originally passed by 14 votes was defeated by 61 votes when it came up for final approval.

In the end, a large majority of House members decided that doing nothing on this issue was the best course of action.

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