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School funding a priority for legislators

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copyright the Chronicle January 17, 2018   Just two weeks into the 2018 legislative session, Governor Phil Scott has given his State of the State speech, but this year’s budget address isn’t scheduled for another week. Behind the scenes, analysts are waiting t... 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 »

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 »

Forestry bills go after the bad guys

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copyright the Chronicle February 24, 2016 by Tena Starr MONTPELIER — Legislation aimed at pinching the bad guys in the forestry business, while protecting the good guys from nuisance suits and dust-ups with zoning laws, is winding its way through the Vermont H... 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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At 91, Francis Whitcomb recalls varied career

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copyright the Chronicle September 10, 2014 by David Dudley ALBANY — At 91 years of age, Francis Whitcomb has held any number of titles, formal and otherwise: Lister, moderator, planning commissioner, justice of the peace, chairman of the Orleans County Democra... 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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GMO bill splits local legislators by party

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copyright the Chronicle May 21, 2014 by Bethany M. Dunbar Orleans County farmers and consumers won’t be immediately affected by Vermont’s first-in-the-nation passage of legislation requiring labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients. The legislat... More »