Hundreds rally, Vermont joins protest of immigration policy

Hundreds rally, Vermont joins protest of immigration policy

By Mike Dougherty and Elizabeth Hewitt VTDIGGER.ORG Opposition to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy was on display in Montpelier this week as hundreds of protestors rallied on the Statehouse lawn. On Tuesday, following the Monday demonstration, Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan joined 16 other states in a federal lawsuit arguing that the policy… Read More »

Statehouse at standstill ahead of budget veto deadline

Statehouse at standstill ahead of budget veto deadline

By Colin Meyn and Xander Landen VTDIGGER.ORG In lieu of negotiating a deal to resolve an ongoing impasse, both lawmakers and the governor appear content to await the governor’s decision on a budget veto before considering further concessions or compromise proposals. Gov. Phil Scott repeated on Tuesday that he is poised to veto a budget… Read More »

Sexual harassment law goes into effect July 1

By Kelsey Neubauer VTDigger.org An anti-sexual harassment bill that takes effect July 1 will improve statewide sexual harassment reporting, ban policies that make it difficult for survivors to report misconduct, and kick-start an education campaign to foster safer internal reporting by victims inside companies. The goal of the law, passed as H.707, is to ensure workers… Read More »

Shelburne political newcomer challenges Sen. Bernie Sanders

Shelburne political newcomer challenges Sen. Bernie Sanders

Folasade Adelola, a Shelburne resident, is challenging Sen. Bernie Sanders for his congressional seat this fall. Sanders is registered as an Independent and a Democrat for the Vermont primary election. Adelola, 55, describes herself and her stances on policy as a “Clinton Democrat.” “I will push (Sanders) on issues,” Adelola said. She does not agree… Read More »

Scott pulls the plug on iconic Vermont Life magazine

Scott pulls the plug on iconic Vermont Life magazine

By Xander Landen VTDigger.org Vermont Life, the state’s signature regional magazine that in recent years has faced financial woes and racked up millions in debt, will shutter its doors in June. The Scott administration announced it will cease production of the 72-year-old state-owned publication after it reviewed the latest financial reports and learned that additional losses… Read More »

State Notes

Senate rejects Gov. Scott’s labor board nominee The Vermont Senate has rejected the controversial nomination of a retired utility executive to the state Labor Relations Board. Senators on Saturday refused to confirm Gov. Phil Scott’s nomination of Karen O’Neill, whom the governor had named to serve as a “neutral” member on the six-member labor relations… Read More »

Sexual harassment silencing banned in workplace

The Senate has unanimously passed a bill (H.707) to outlaw workplace policies that tend to silence those who try to come forward with sexual harassment claims. The measure, already approved by the House and supported by Gov. Phil Scott, also provides educational resources to help reduce harassment in the workplace. The legislation bans two common practices… Read More »

Vermont to tally damage from May 4 storm

Vermont to tally damage from May 4 storm

Vermont Emergency Management Director Erica Bornemann has requested a Preliminary Damage Assessment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine if the state qualifies for a federal public assistance disaster declaration following severe storms on May 4. The request asks for assessments in Chittenden, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, and Washington counties.  Additional counties could… Read More »

Vermont’s transformational governor, Phil Hoff dies at 93

Vermont’s transformational governor, Phil Hoff dies at 93

By Kevin O’Connor VTDIGGER.ORG Philip Hoff was the Democratic candidate for Vermont governor in 1962 when he called his father in Massachusetts with an invitation to dinner on election night. “I don’t know,” Hoff would remember his father saying. “Are you going to win?” “Dad, they’ve never elected a Democrat by popular vote in the history… Read More »