Latest Vermont state government News

Legislator dies using medical suicide law he helped pass

Jan. 19, 2022 16:20 PM EST

A former Vermont legislator and House majority leader has died with the help of a law he himself helped pass that allows the terminally ill to end their own lives, his wife said. Willem Jewett died Jan. 12 at his home in Ripton at age 58, said his wife, Ellen McKay Jewett. He was...

Gov. Scott proposes $7.7B budget amid 'historic' resources

Jan. 18, 2022 15:57 PM EST

Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott proposed a $7.7 billion state budget Tuesday at a time when there are “historic” resources that will enable the state to invest in a host of economic development and infrastructure projects, cut taxes and help prepare the state for the future. ...

93-mile cross-Vermont trail construction to finish in 2022

Jan. 17, 2022 08:31 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Work on the 93-mile (150-kilometer) Lamoille Valley Rail Trail that will cross Vermont between Swanton and St. Johnsbury will be finished by the end of the year, according to state officials. Joel Perrigo of the Vermont Agency of Transportation told lawmakers...

Governor signs bill allowing remote municipal meetings

Jan. 15, 2022 10:56 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott has signed a bill into law allowing municipal governments to pass budgets with pre-printed ballots for their annual town meetings this year and to hold informational meetings about budgets remotely as COVID-19 continues to spread in the state. ...

Vermont Supreme Court upholds order to close gun school

Jan. 14, 2022 18:18 PM EST

The Vermont Supreme Court upheld Friday a lower court order that the owner of an unpermitted firearms training school that has drawn complaints about noise and intimidation from neighbors demolish any unpermitted buildings on the Pawlet property and pay more than $46,600. In its...

3rd Democratic candidate announces for Vermont US House seat

Jan. 13, 2022 11:38 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale made it official Thursday: She is seeking the Democratic primary nomination to run for Vermont’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives The 35-year-old Ram Hinsdale joins Lt. Gov. Molly Gray and Senate President...

Vermont's 175K free rapid test kits snatched up within hours

Jan. 12, 2022 17:32 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — All 175,000 free rapid COVID-19 test kits that became available Wednesday for Vermonters to order online were taken by the afternoon, Gov. Phil Scott’s office said. Households were allowed to order two kits containing a total of four tests that will be...

Panel votes unanimously on plan to fund state pensions

Jan. 11, 2022 18:20 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A panel of lawmakers and union representatives has voted to endorse a plan to make up some of the short fall in pension funding for state employees. Under the proposal approved unanimously Monday, the state would allocate $300 million to unfunded pension...

Vermont to provide COVID rapid tests to child care centers

Jan. 09, 2022 08:55 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is going to be providing free rapid COVID-19 tests to the state’s regulated child-care centers. The “Tests for Tots” program, which was announced Friday, is designed to allow the centers to test children and staff when a positive...

Vermont legislature authorizes remote municipal meetings

Jan. 08, 2022 08:16 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Legislature is authorizing municipal governments and school districts to pass budgets with pre-printed ballots this year to help cope with the continued COVID-19 pandemic. Those bodies are now also authorized to hold remote informational meetings...