The property tax is what’s wrong with school taxes

It was a messy finish to a messy legislative session, but Vermonters can take some comfort that no permanent damage was done to the state education funding system. It’s disappointing that the governor insisted on another year of pretend budgeting – using one-time revenue again to artificially lower property tax rates. But, hey, worse ideas… Read More »

Op-Ed: Commissioners: Vermonters must work together to prevent suicide — Mark Levine and Melissa Bailey

Several high-profile deaths by suicide, along with a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have put this public health issue in the spotlight once again. In Vermont, where suicide is now the eighth leading cause of death, we are working to put systems in place that help people before a crisis.… Read More »

Op-Ed: UVM nurses union takes its case to the community — The members of the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals bargaining committee

The following is from the bargaining committee of the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, the union elected to represent the more than 1,800 nurses at the University of Vermont Medical Center. In a recent vote, 94 percent of nurses approved our bargaining committee calling for a strike if we feel it is necessary… Read More »

State seeks entrepreneurs to innovate to improve water quality

State seeks entrepreneurs to innovate to improve water quality

by Anson Tebbetts, Julie Moore and Mike Schirling Editor’s note: This piece is written by Anson Tebbetts, Vermont’s secretary of Agriculture, Food & Markets, along with Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore and Secretary Mike Schirling of the Department of Commerce and Community Development. From Vermont’s inception, freedom and unity have spurred innovation. John Deere invented… Read More »