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Legislative Report by Betty Nuovo: state refines its energy priorities

Posted on January 23, 2014 |
By Rep. Betty Nuovo



One of the chief goals of the Vermont Legislature over the years has been to cut energy consumption through greater efficiency and to develop renewable energy resources. We continue to work towards these goals. The following is a report of accomplishments, programs and work in progress.

State Energy Policy

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Betty Nuovo: state refines its energy priorities

Posted on January 23, 2014 |
By Rep. Betty Nuovo



Betty Nuovo, a Democrat, represents Middlebury in the state House of Representatives.

One of the chief goals of the Vermont Legislature over the years has been to cut energy consumption through greater efficiency and to develop renewable energy resources. We continue to work towards these goals. The following is a report of accomplishments, programs and work in progress.

State Energy Policy

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Candidate for Vermont House emerges in Bristol

Posted on January 20, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — They say the early bird catches the worm.

Fred Baser hopes that old adage applies to politics, as the Bristol Republican on Thursday became one of the first candidates to confirm a run for the Vermont House this November.

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Vermont eyes tax on gas pipelines to fund renewable alternatives

Posted on January 16, 2014 |
By John Herrick VTDigger.org



MONTPELIER — Lawmakers are considering a plan to tax the state’s natural gas pipelines to fund renewable energy projects.

The new taxing scheme could raise millions for renewables as Vermont Gas Systems charts a southern pipeline expansion through Addison County on the western side of the state.

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Opinion: Vermont should take stand and pass GMO labeling bill

Posted on January 15, 2014 |
By Matthew Ennis



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FULL TEXT: Gov. Shumlin's State of the State address

Posted on January 8, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



Below is the full text of Gov. Shumlin's Jan. 8 State of the State address to the legislature.

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Local lawmakers size up priorities for 2014

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — State and local lawmakers are preparing for a 2014 legislative session that they said will include the familiar task of dealing with a sizeable general fund budget shortfall, as well as ironing out the kinks in the state’s transition to universal access health care, exploring education finance reform, helping citizens deal with drug addiction, and confronting pollution and nuisance aquatic weeds in Vermont’s waterways.

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Rep. Ralston won't run for re-election

Posted on December 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Rep. Paul Ralston, D-Middlebury, will not run for re-election to a third consecutive term in the Vermont House.

Ralston, 60, confirmed the news in a brief written statement and during an interview with the Addison Independent on Tuesday. He cited increasing professional commitments as a primary reason for his decision to leave the Legislature when his term expires at the end of next year.

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Opinion: Why I'm not running for re-election

Posted on December 11, 2013 |
By Paul Ralston



I will not be running for re-election in November of 2014. 

I am happy and humbled to have had the opportunity to serve in the Vermont Legislature as one of Middlebury’s representatives in the General Assembly. I have long been interested in and active in politics, and my election in 2010 was a big step for my activism — and a big commitment. Now, my growing responsibilities to my customers and employees require that I return my focus to their interests.

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State confronted with budget challenges

Posted on November 25, 2013 |
By David Gram



MONTPELIER (AP) — The growing numbers of pre-trial detainees in Vermont prisons and paying sheriffs to monitor mentally ill patients in hospital emergency rooms are among the many budget pressures facing Vermont state government.

That word came Wednesday as officials with the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin briefed lawmakers on the budget challenges they’re expected to face when they return in January.

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