Scott says ‘everything’s on the table’ for gun measures

Scott says ‘everything’s on the table’ for gun measures

By Alan J. Keays VtDigger.org Gov. Phil Scott announced last week that he is open to approving gun control legislation, including a measure calling for universal background checks before the private sale of firearms. Prior to last month’s school shooting in Florida that killed 17 and a thwarted attack in Vermont, such legislation appeared to… Read More »

More than 1,000 fill House chamber for gun hearing

More than 1,000 fill House chamber for gun hearing

By Mike Dougherty vtdigger.org Members of the public filled every seat in the House chamber Tuesday night for a hearing on gun control legislation. At the Statehouse — one of the few locations in Vermont, along with schools and courts, where carrying a firearm is prohibited — advocates and opponents traded testimony on legislation that… Read More »

Tax season is underway, filing deadline: April 17

Income tax season has begun and this year’s due date for state and federal income taxes is Tuesday, April 17. Based on the volume of last year’s returns, the Vermont Department of Taxes expects to process about 385,000 personal income tax returns this year. The department provides detailed “2018 Filing Season Updates” on its website… Read More »

Christine Hallquist to join governor’s race as a Democrat

Christine Hallquist to join governor’s race as a Democrat

By Mark Johnson VTDIGGER.ORG A utility executive who went through a high-profile gender transition is planning to run for governor. Christine Hallquist, chief executive of the Vermont Electric Coop since 2005, will run as a Democrat, joining environmentalist James Ehlers and 13-year-old middle school student Ethan Sonneborn of Bristol. They will compete for the right… Read More »

Gov. Scott delivers low-key balanced-budget address

By Anne Galloway VTDigger.org There are no “bells and whistles” in Gov. Phil Scott’s 2019 budget. As expected, there are no new taxes and no new fees. Nor have any big initiatives been proposed in the budget. Instead, the governor’s office gave the Legislature a menu of options for solving the state’s $80 million education… Read More »

Text of Gov. Scott’s State of the State address — Jan. 4

Madame Speaker, Mr. President, Mr. Chief Justice, members of the General Assembly, distinguished guests and fellow Vermonters: Since 1778, Vermonters, elected by their neighbors and bound by a common oath, have gathered to open the legislative session. They left farms, families and businesses, traveled over rugged mountain gaps and winding valley roads, from every corner… Read More »

House passes pot legalization; Senate vote expected soon

By Alan J. Keays VTdigger.org A bill legalizing the recreational use of marijuana has cleared the last hurdle in the Vermont Legislature Wednesday afternoon on a voice vote in the Senate. The measure, H.511, now heads to the desk of Republican Gov. Phil Scott for approval. He has previously said he would sign the legislation.… Read More »

Gov. Scott appoints Randy Brock to the Senate

With an appointment by Gov. Phil Scott, Republican Randy Brock will return to the Vermont State Senate representing the Franklin District. Brock, who lives in Swanton, replaces Republican Dustin Degree, who stepped down from the Senate last month to take a position in the Scott administration as special assistant to the governor and director of workforce… Read More »