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Senate backs opioid levy; Scott doesn’t

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By Mike Faher, VTDigger.org The levy would be based on the drug manufacturers’ sales in the state. Creative Commons photo. The state Senate on Thursday supported imposing a new financial assessment on opioid manufacturers, soundly defeating efforts to eliminat... More »

Prosecutors move toward expunging marijuana convictions

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By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger.org Marijuana possession will become legal in Vermont on July 1. File photo by Andrew Kutches/VTDigger County prosecutors around the state are looking at coming up with a way to expunge certain marijuana convictions now that the stat... More »

Scott pulls the plug on iconic Vermont Life magazine

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By Xander Landen, VTDigger.org One of the final issues of Vermont Life on a grocery store newsstand. VTDigger photo Vermont Life, the state’s signature regional magazine which in recent years has faced financial woes and racked up millions in debt, will shutte... More »

Scott administration redrafting ed savings plan

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By Tiffany Danitz Pache, VTDigger.org Tax Commissioner Kaj Samsom. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger The tax commissioner pushed back Wednesday on questions raised by fiscal analysts about the Scott administration’s five-year plan to save $300 million in school... More »

Data indicates schools are likely underreporting bullying

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By Lola Duffort, VTDigger.org Regan Doperak of Proctor, now 18, recalled being bullied from elementary school onward. Courtesy photo About halfway through her freshman year of high school, Regan Doperak’s parents pulled her out. Doperak, now 18, recalled being... More »

Money committees slam Scott’s school spending plan

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By Tiffany Danitz Pache, VTDigger.org Tax Commissioner Kaj Samsom. Photo by Michael Dougherty/VTDigger The Scott administration brought its school funding plan to money committees in the House and Senate on Wednesday and were greeted with a litany of grievance... More »

Saliva testing bill meets demise in Senate panel

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By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger.org Creative Commons photo Abill that would have allowed law enforcement to obtain saliva for testing from motorists suspected of drugged drive has effectively been shelved for this legislative session. The legislation faced threats ... More »

Leahy and Welch blast FDA labeling rule for maple syrup

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By Xander Landen, VTDigger.org Vermont’s congressional delegation is pushing back against a rule proposed by the Food and Drug Administration that would require producers of pure maple syrup to put “added sugar” labels on their products. Sen. Patrick Leahy and... More »