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Greg Dennis: Toking, taxes and the new Vermont green

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By Greg Dennis



Reports commissioned by a state legislature are famous fodder for recycling bins.

But a recent report prepared for the Vermont Legislature promises to be widely read and debated. That’s because it’s about a topic with lots of buzz in every sense of the word: Should Vermont legalize marijuana?

We’ve already decriminalized possession of less than an ounce. Now Vermont is seriously debating whether to join four states and the District of Columbia by fully legalizing the wily weed.

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Legislative Report by Rep. Betty Nuovo: Busy session gets under way

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By Rep. Betty Nuovo D-Middlebury



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This is a brief report of the beginning of the Legislative session and I thought you might like to get information on how the Legislature starts and what we do in committees.

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Legislative Report by Rep. Alyson Eastman: New lawmaker learning the ropes

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By Rep. Alyson Eastman I-Orwell



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Editorial: President's speech frames the political debate for 2016

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The brilliance of President Obama’s state of the union speech Tuesday night was that it set the political stage for the presidential election two years from now in terms favorable to Democrats.

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Opinion: Protestors did the right thing

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By Millard Cox



I am writing to respectfully disagree with Rep. Warren Van Wyck’s assessment of the protests in the Statehouse on Jan. 8.

So, here we are in a nation that had its beginnings with the likes of Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty, and in a state that had its foundations laid by the outlaw Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys, and some of us are insulted and concerned that the Statehouse might witness further scenes of “ill-behaved protesters?”

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Opinion: Change needed in water policies

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By David Brynn



The time has come to take seriously the cleanup of our streams, rivers and lakes. They are the lifeblood of Vermont and they are the ecological treasures of all Vermonters.

As temperatures continue to warm and the peak flows of storm events increase, the negative impacts of sediment and nutrient deposition will accelerate. That Gov. Shumlin has placed the cleanup on his priority list for his third term is a great step forward.

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Editorial: Gov. Shumlin's budget sets bold challenges

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Gov. Peter Shumlin had little choice in his third-term budget address last Thursday but to propose significant cuts in spending and propose some increases in the state’s revenue stream. The state is facing a $94 million shortfall in fiscal year 2016, and he did what no politician likes to do: propose cuts in spending and tax increases.

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Opinion: Solar is creating a bright economic future in Vermont

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By Caleb Elder



A recent study from the Solar Foundation found that Vermont had more solar jobs per capita in 2013 than any other state. This is particularly impressive when you consider how the solar industry has thrived across the country, providing plenty of competition. The numbers for 2014 aren’t in yet, but based on what I’ve seen this year, Vermont will likely maintain its No. 1 spot in the rankings.

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Opinion: Proposed gun law makes sense

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By Rev. Barnaby Feder



It was a privilege to be in Montpelier on Wednesday, Jan. 14 among those speaking at the press conference in support of a new state Senate bill to require universal background checks on gun sales in Vermont. This highly focused legislation will extend to gun shows and online sales the same background check requirements already in place for licensed gun retailers.

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Community Forum: Jobs, affordability and quality of life

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By Peter Shumlin



This week’s writer is Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.

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