Percentage of deaths involving fentanyl continue to increase

Newly released data from the Vermont Department of Health indicates that state and community efforts continue to slow the upward spiral of accidental opioid deaths. Preliminary data for 2018 shows that 110 Vermonters died from opioid overdoses, up two percent from 2017. However, the rate of increase in opioid-related deaths has dropped significantly over the… Read More »

State launches Infants in the Workplace program

Governor Phil Scott, Secretary of Administration Susanne Young, and Human Resources Commissioner Beth Fastiggi announced an “Infants in the Workplace” program for state employees. The policy will allow a state employee the option to bring their infant children up to the age of six months to work. The program is set to launch on Friday,… Read More »

Vt. Highway deaths total 68 in 2018, down slightly: Lawmakers weighing preliminary numbers for pot-related driving offenses

By KIT NORTON VTDIGGER.ORG The number of highway deaths in Vermont was slightly down in 2018 compared to the year before, according to preliminary data from the Vermont Agency of Transportation Office of Highway Safety. In 2018, there were 60 crashes in which 68 people died on Vermont highways. The year before, 70 people died… Read More »

Federal shutdown puts Vermont welfare programs at risk

Federal shutdown puts Vermont welfare programs at risk

By KIT NORTON VTDIGGER If the federal government shutdown continues into March, Vermont could be on the hook for millions of dollars to fund welfare programs in the state, according to a briefing from the Joint Fiscal Office to the House Appropriations Committee on Friday. The briefing on the impact of the shutdown on Vermont… Read More »

Citizens group appeals Coventry landfill expansion

Citizens group appeals Coventry landfill expansion

By ELIZABETH GRIBKOFF VTDigger.org A citizens group is moving forward in opposing a 51-acre expansion of the Coventry landfill. In October, the state Agency of Natural Resources’ Department of Environmental Conservation issued a final certification approving a 10-year continuation of the existing landfill and an expansion to its south. Members of DUMP LLC — an acronym for Don’t… Read More »

Legislative session gets underway in Montpelier

By MIKE DOUGHERTYVT DIGGER.ORG The 2019 legislative session started Wednesday. VTDigger’s political team has spent the past few weeks talking to lawmakers, state officials and other stakeholders about what to expect over the next five months. Here’s what you need to know. Leadership House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, D-South Hero, begins her third year leading the… Read More »

Department of Public Service asks state to expand gas pipeline investigation

By XANDER LANDEN VTDIGGER.ORG The Department of Public Service has joined opponents of a 41-mile natural gas pipeline in asking the state to expand its investigation of the line’s construction. In a motion filed with the Public Utility Commission last month, James Dumont, an attorney representing residents in Monkton and Hinesburg, asked the Public Utility… Read More »

Governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission plans listening tour

The Governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission will host a listening tour to give Vermonters an opportunity for public comment on the draft reports produced by the Commission’s Subcommittees on Roadway Safety, Education and Prevention, and Taxation and Regulation recently. The draft reports document the findings and recommendations of the subcommittees for review by the commission. The… Read More »

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