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House committee advances clean water bill with hotel tax


By Mike Polhamus, VTDigger.org The House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife on Friday afternoon voted in favor of a bill creating a study committee to identify funding for federally-ordered water pollution reduction in Vermont’s public waters, a... More »


As smoking rates stagnate, tobacco fund dwindles


By Mike Faher, VTDigger.org After years of decline, Vermont’s adult smoking rate appears to have stalled and now “lags behind the nation,” advocates say. At the same time, state investment in tobacco-related programming is shrinking. A tobacco trust fund that ... More »

Bill seeks ‘reasonable’ standard for foster parents


By Mike Faher, VTDigger.org For Vermont foster kids like Nate Farnham, simple activities that most take for granted – field trips, sleepovers and after-school hangouts – required social worker signatures and state background checks. “I never went to friends’ h... More »

Hallquist launches campaign for governor


By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org Statewide candidates often launch campaigns in formal settings — businesses, hotel lobbies, fancy homes. And they attract the usual politicos: lobbyists, lawmakers, a full brace of media and well-heeled business types.   Not so, ... More »