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 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 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 »

Green Mountain Club plans two January group hikes

Green Mountain Club plans two January group hikes

The Green Mountain Club has two January snowshoe hikes planned on upcoming Saturdays. Jan. 20 to Butler Lodge Starting from Stevensville in Underhill, it will take the Nebraska Notch Trail to the Long Trail, then follow it to Butler Lodge and return along the Butler Lodge trail. Moderate snowshoe. Moderate to strong pace. 6.2 miles.… Read More »

Gov. Scott to require harassment training for executive employees

By Elizabeth Hewitt VTDIGGER.ORG With much recent national attention on sexual harassment allegations and incidents, Gov. Phil Scott announced that his administration will require all employees in the state’s executive branch to participate in training aimed at preventing sexual harassment. According to the Vermont Department of Human Resources, the state has investigated more than 50… Read More »

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