Act 46 Explained

act46VERMONT - All too often, legislature that affects a community is hidden under bill names and docket numbers, leading to confusion and misinformation. In recent months, murmurs of “Act 46” have been creeping up during school and selectboard meetings, but what exactly is it? In its purest form, the legislation mandates that school districts with fewer than 900 students must consolidate with other districts.

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VSC Funding

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvVERMONT- State funding for higher education has been an issue especially among the Vermont state colleges.

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Senate Leader Looks To Expel McAllister

statethumbfinalVERMONT - For the first time in the states 224 year history, leaders in the Vermont State Senate are drafting a resolution to expel one of its members from office.

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Taking Action for Wildlife

Vermont ButterflyVERMONT – One aspect of Vermont that residents often take pride in is their wildlife. The new state Wildlife Action Plan was released this year, with the purpose of keeping the state’s nature thriving, so citizens can remain proud.

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Youth Hunting Weekend

youth weekendVERMONT – The third and last youth hunting weekend just finished up, allowing young hunters all over the state to take their shot at the sport, and maybe taking home a deer of their own.

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Lake Willoughby Grant

WilloughbyVERMONT-- One of the most popular spots in the summer for people to unwind and relax while cooling off is Lake Willoughby, and soon it will become even more popular come next year when the south side of the lake gets a face lift. 

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Sutton School Water

SuttonWaterSUTTON-- If you walk through Sutton Grade School, you might notice some students with water bottles that they are filling up via water jugs but that is not because they are being eco-friendly instead their water at the school is undrinkable.

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Battling Bat Disease

white nose syndromeVERMONT - Imagine walking out your door into a swarm of insects. Flies, mosquitos, and more, buzzing around your body. No matter how much you swat at them, there are too many to control. This nightmare could become a reality without our friend in Vermont, the bat.

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VSC Name Change


UPDATE- The Vermont State College System has decided keep the name of the system as is.  The VSC Board of Trustees was looking into the change when Castleton State College changed theirs to Castleton University after the addition of several graduate programs they hope will attract out-of-state and foreign students.  

A survey was distributed to faculty, staff, and students that included the original name, three new names, and a section to create a new name.  The majority of those who responded voted for the name to remain the same.

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Donovan Running for Attorney General

DonovanVERMONT- After 19 years of serving as Vermont's Attorney General, William Sorrell is stepping down from the position.  Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan is ready to fill the position.  Donovan ran in 2012, hoping to get the democratic nomination but was unsuccessful, losing to Sorrell by 700 votes.  He is attempting to once again receive the democratic nomination for the upcoming election.

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Preparations for Winter

snowtireLYNDON - Prepping for winter weather includes more than just buying a new coat and a pair of mittens, it means preparing your car for the season.  There are many steps that you can take to ensure that your vehicle is ready for winter conditions.

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Vermonters React to Sanders' Run for Presidency

sanders thumbVERMONT - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his run for the 2016 presidential election early morning, May 1st.  The self-declared independent- socialist is running for the Democratic nomination against favored opponent, Hillary Clinton.

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Sanders Stands for Affordable Healthcare

Sanders ThumbVERMONT - The Affordable Care act was put in place to provide Americans with better health security, by lowering costs, expanding coverage, and guaranteeing more options. According to Senator Bernie Sanders, it has done just that.

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Coordinated Crackdown

DriveSafeVERMONT- Vermont State troopers and highway officials alike will soon be cracking down on drivers speeding and those who are not wearing their seat belt.  This is part of the ‘New England Drive to Save Lives’ campaign, which began this week, and will run throughout the summer.

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Future Bike Paths?

bike path finalVermont - Vermont Agency of Transportation is looking to add and improve on-road bike paths through the On-Road Bicycle Plan. The agency started the project in the fall of 2014, focusing on gathering community involvement by asking where bicyclists would prefer to ride.

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Messiness Meets Academics

messynightWELLS RIVER - Preschoolers and other children in the community came out to the Blue Mountain School last night to have fun, and get messy.

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Shumlin Offers Retirement Incentives

retirementVERMONT- The Shumlin administration has proposed to give state employees who are already eligible to retire, a little extra push in hopes to save the state money. If 300 out of the 915 employees that are eligible to retire take this incentive package, the state could save up to $10.8 in personnel and labor costs.

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Sales Tax Takes Toll on Business'

vt sales taxVERMONT - Changes could be soon to come to the Vermont Sales Tax. The goal of the adjustment to the tax is to sustain the state’s revenue base. Currently, Vermont’s sales tax sits at 6%, which raises around $230 million dollars for the state’s General Fund, with an additional $123 dollars going to the Education Fund.

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Saving the Planet & Your Wallet

ShumlinEnergyVERMONT- This years Earth Day has been a busy one for the Vermont government. Today, Governor, Peter Shumlin, announced the expansion of the Heat Saver Loan program to help Vermonters increase their homes efficiency, and decrease their spending.  

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Future for Mobile Home Parks

Mobile Home ParksMONTPELIER - Governor Peter Shumlin declared April Fair Housing month following the signing of two housing protection bills ensuring the safety and fairness to mobile home parks.

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gmoVERMONT- The Attorney General’s Office of Vermont has adopted regulations that would require the labeling of genetically modified food. Vermont is the first state to implement this law. 

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Gobble, Gobble it's Turkey Time

turkeyWATERBURY- Vermot's Governor Peter Shumlin, and National Wild Turkey Federation Chapter Vice President Don Isabelle, are trying to keep the hunting tradition alive in Vermont. 

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Prohibition in Vermont?

alcohol banVERMONT - During the 1920's, Prohibition was the illegal or restricted manufacture, transportation, import, export, and sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States. The idea was that it would lower taxes, reduce crime and corruption, and improve health and hygiene in America.

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Recycling Law to Limit Landfill Use

recyclingVERMONT- Come July 1, 2015, the first component of Act 148 goes into effect. Vermont's Universal Recycling Law's first step bans the disposal of: metal, plastics #1 & #2, and paper/cardboard. That ensures the state that residents will be recycling in their own homes.

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An Unnoticed, but Heavy Topic

obeseBARNET- Obesity is one of the most significant and prevalent health issues in America. Taking a deeper look at the problems and taking a microscopic look at the overweight obstacles children face are quite astounding.

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