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2017 Legislature has a new fan

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copyright the Chronicle May 10, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   EAST ALBANY — Many people complain about state regulations, but few are willing to take the time and trouble to go about changing them. Bill Pearce, the proprietor of Pearce’s Pastured Poultry has been... More »

Local senators muse over legislative session

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copyright the Chronicle March 22, 2017   by Elizabeth Trail   Due to concerns about federal budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration, Vermont’s Legislature may adjourn early this year and go back to Montpelier in October. “Trump’s been talking about cu... More »

Current Use penalty too high, Starr says

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copyright the Chronicle January 18, 2017 A recent decision by the Vermont Supreme Court could cost the new owners of the former Champion lands in Essex County a million dollars in lost property tax relief. State Senator Bobby Starr of North Troy thinks he has ... More »

Rodgers considers a run for lieutenant governor

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copyright the Chronicle March 16, 2016 by Tena Starr GLOVER – State Senator John Rodgers of Glover is considering a bid for lieutenant governor.  If he decides to run, Senator Rodgers will face fellow Democrats Kesha Ram, David Zuckerman, both of Chittenden Co... More »

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Keep small schools, school directors say

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copyright the Chronicle March 18, 2015  by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Legislators from the Northeast Kingdom were told in no uncertain terms to oppose Montpelier’s efforts to shut down small schools and consolidate districts. That stern warning came from school ... More »

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Governor’s race: County lawmakers lean toward Milne

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copyright the Chronicle November 12, 2014 by Tena Starr If Orleans County’s legislative delegation had its way, Scott Milne would be Vermont’s next governor. That’s not a surprising decision for the Republicans who represent the county, but as of this week onl... More »

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Barrup protests $400,000 sales tax bill

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copyright the Chronicle October 15, 2014 by Joseph Gresser DERBY — Rod Barrup is not happy with the government of what he calls “the first communist state in the U.S.” In particular he is angry about a $400,000 bill from the Vermont Department of Taxes. Mr. Ba... More »

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Taxpayers angered by big tax jumps

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copyright the Chronicle September 10, 2014 by Tena Starr WESTFIELD — Since property tax bills here went out recently, town officials have heard a lot of griping — and confusion. Why did the residential property tax rate go up 24 percent when the Jay-Westfield ... More »

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Louis Garneau celebrates new U.S. headquarters

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copyright the Chronicle August 20, 2014 by Joseph Gresser DERBY — A champagne toast celebrated the opening of the brand new U.S. headquarters of a family business that started in a Quebec garage 30 years ago. Louis Garneau, the founder of the company that bear... More »

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Senate passes weakened wind power bill

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copyright the Chronicle  3-27-13 by Paul Lefebvre MONTPELIER — A legislative push to give towns and regional planning commissions more say in the siting of industrial wind towers appears to be dead, following a preliminary vote here Tuesday in the Senate. The ... More »

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Rodgers wins Senate seat, House incumbents re-elected

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copyright the Chronicle 11-7-12 In one of the closest local races of the night, incumbent Democrat Bobby Starr of North Troy and Democrat John Rodgers of Glover won the two seats in the sprawling Essex-Orleans Senate district. The unofficial tally at the Chron... More »