Latest Vermont state government News

Vermont launches program to improve under-utilized housing

Dec. 08, 2021 12:39 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is working to rehabilitate underused housing units to help people who are exiting homelessness, Gov. Phil Scott said Wednesday. Scott and the Department of Housing and Community Development announced the launch of the Vermont Housing...

Vermont Human Services Secretary Smith to retire at year end

Dec. 06, 2021 15:39 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Human Services Secretary Mike Smith is going to retire at the end of the year, Gov. Phil Scott announced Monday. When Smith agreed to his second stint as secretary of Vermont’s largest state agency in late 2019, no one realized what was about to...

Vermont Democratic Lt. Gov. Gray launches bid for US House

Dec. 06, 2021 11:22 AM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Lt. Gov. Molly Gray announced Monday that she would seek the Democratic Party nomination to fill the U.S. House seat that will become vacant when U.S. Rep. Peter Welch runs for the U.S. Senate. Gray, 37, a Burlington lawyer who was born and raised on...

Vermont commits first $7M in state brownfields money

Dec. 04, 2021 10:05 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont has committed the first $7 million of a $25 million appropriation to help clean up 10 brownfield sites across the state. The funding represents the first time state dollars have been allocated to brownfield sites. ...

Vermont's largest city approves mask mandate to fight COVID

Dec. 02, 2021 09:36 AM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Burlington City Council has unanimously approved a mask mandate to help fight the spread of the coronavirus in Vermont’s largest city. The requirement that begins Friday includes masks in retail shops and theaters, regardless of vaccination...

Vermont reports record COVID-19 hospitalizations

Nov. 30, 2021 15:33 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont on Tuesday reported its highest number of hospitalizations from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. A total of 84 people were hospitalized, with 22 in intensive care, according to the Vermont Department of Health. ...

Contractor to pay $637K for deficient work on bridges

Nov. 30, 2021 09:53 AM EST

LYNDON, Vt. (AP) — General contractor J.A. McDonald, Inc. has agreed to pay $637,500 to settle allegations of deficient work on federally funded bridge projects in southern Vermont that caused the state to unwittingly present false claims for payment to the federal government, the U.S....

Vermont liquor official to lead Natural Resources Board

Nov. 30, 2021 08:20 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An official in the Vermont Department of Liquor and Lottery is going to become the next chair of the state Natural Resources Board, Gov. Phil Scott announced. Sabina Haskell, who is deputy commissioner at the department, will start her new job on...

Vermont Christmas tree growers ready for big season

Nov. 29, 2021 15:12 PM EST

BARTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott celebrated the beginning of the state’s unofficial Christmas tree season Monday by cutting trees for the Montpelier building where his office is located. The trees cut by Scott and Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts at the...

Vermont state lawmaker to resign, become town administrator

Nov. 27, 2021 08:32 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont state lawmaker has announced that he's resigning after more than a decade in office. Republican state Rep. Brian Savage of Swanton told his colleagues of his plans during the special session this week. They gave him a standing round of...