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May 2nd, 2013
In 1992, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not collect sales taxes from businesses that do not have physical locations within state borders. With the explosion of e-commerce since 1992, the National Governors Association claims that more than $20 billion in sales tax revenue is going uncollected each year because of tax-free Internet sales. The U.S. Senate is moving toward passage of legislation that would overturn the 1992 Supreme Court ruling, but whether this bill will actually pass both houses of Congress is very much an open question.
My current springtime list of things to do starts with this small mountain:
• Buy electric lawnmower.
• Mow grass the thickness of dreadlocks.
• Regret that I didn’t buy a bigger electric lawnmower.
• Try to remember where I stored my bicycle and summer car tires.
• Send fly rod for repairs after I jammed it in a car window.
• Buy new fishing waders to replace the ones that balloon into fat-man pants every time I step into a river.
FERRISBURGH — Vergennes police on Tuesday with the assistance of Vermont State and Bristol police arrested two men at a Ferrisburgh traffic stop and filed multiple drug charges against them, including sale and trafficking of heroin on one of the two and sale of heroin and possession of marijuana on the other.
According to a press release from Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel, Todd Green, 23, of Philadelphia was cited for both sale and trafficking of heroin and for providing false information to a police officer.
BRISTOL — The Addison Northeast Supervisory Union has commissioned a facility and educational needs study for Mount Abraham Union High School.
“There are no current issues with the structure,” said Arden Harwood, the facilities director at Mount Abe. “But for the first time, probably ever, we’re trying to be more proactive with the repair cycle.”
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury’s administrative team will be fully staffed for the first time in eight months on April 30 when Chris English formally begins his duties as the new “administrative coordinator.”
English’s duties will include assisting Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay and department heads with personnel issues, as well as leading community outreach efforts through social media and other outlets. He will also help organize public meetings, according to Ramsay.
VERGENNES — Vergennes American Legion Post 14 announceS that Addison County businessman and Vermont National Guard Brigadier Gen. Brian Carpenter will be the guest speaker at the ceremony following the annual Memorial Day parade, scheduled for Monday, May 27. The parade, reputed to be the biggest Memorial Day celebration in Vermont, will step off from Vergennes Union High School at 11 a.m. that morning and will conclude with a ceremony in Vergennes City Park at which Carpenter will speak. The parade theme is “Honor and Remember.”
Each town in Addison County has a Green Up Day coordinator, and many have special activities planned for this week. Read our story on Green Up Day and then go out and clean up your part of Vermont.
ADDISON COUNTY — Local professionals are volunteering to teach a new financial literacy class that promises to help individuals and couples learn how to manage their finances, recover from financial debt, or save for a large investment.