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The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a bill ahead of the Legislature’s Friday evening deadline for non-money bills on a 5-0 vote, ensuring the full Senate will consider a scaled back gun bill this year.

The legislation, supported unanimously in the committee Friday, seeks to ban some convicted criminals from possessing weapons and will require people found by a court to be a danger to themselves or others to be reported to the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System. It would take effect on Oct. 1.

The Shumlin administration has asked state agencies and departments to identify up to 325 state jobs to be cut to obtain $10.8 million in labor savings.

Agency of Administration Justin Johnson made the request in a memo sent to agency secretaries and department commissioners Wednesday. The memo was first reported Thursday by Seven Days.

The state workers union is calling on Gov. Peter Shumlin to raise an additional $30 million in revenues next year. And other groups are joining the union's push for tax increases on the wealthy.

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A central part of Gov. Peter Shumlin's plan to boost Medicaid reimbursement rates is his guarantee that the plan will reduce private health insurance premiums by 5 percent. But a top state health care official says that guarantee is anything but certain.

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VPR’s Statehouse Reporter Peter Hirschfeld joined Vermont Edition to talk about some of the ideas and proposals facing the Legislature to help close the $112 million budget gap.

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The state budget has a $112 million hole in it, the possibility of school consolidation has many small towns worried, and controversy lingers over rules for vaccinating kids. Those are some of the issues on the desk of Governor Peter Shumlin, who is our guest on the next Vermont Edition.

Gov. Peter Shumlin's plan to impose a small payroll tax to help reduce the cost of private health insurance premiums is facing some strong scrutiny at the Statehouse.

But the governor says if lawmakers don't like his plan, then they need to come up with an alternative proposal.

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State employees packed the Statehouse Tuesday to fight back against plans to balance the budget by reducing labor costs. But they face an uphill battle in Montpelier, where key legislative leaders have signed on to Gov. Peter Shumlin’s push to cut $10 million from payroll expenses.

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In his budget address last month, Gov. Peter Shumlin insisted that lawmakers abandon any bills that might put pressure on property taxes. But legislators say the Democratic governor isn’t following his own advice.

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As a measles outbreak that began in Disneyland stirs up a national conversation about childhood vaccination, lawmakers are taking up the issue in Montpelier.

The debate centers on whether parents should be allowed to send their kids to public schools if they choose not to have them vaccinated through the state's "philosophical exemption."

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In his budget address last month, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced that he plans to cut almost $2 million of funding from the Community High School of Vermont, a program that provides high school classes to those in Vermont’s prison system.

House Minority Leader Don Turner (R-Milton) is seeking the office of Lieutenant Governor in Vermont's Nov. 6 general election.
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House Republican leaders are rejecting Gov. Peter Shumlin's plan to impose a payroll tax to finance a package of health care initiatives. Instead, they're developing an alternative proposal.

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Focusing on health care costs, property taxes, higher education and economic development, Gov. Peter Shumlin delivered his annual budget address yesterday.

VPR's Mitch Wertlieb spoke with the governor about his proposal.

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St. Albans Rep. Corey Parent arrived at the Statehouse two short weeks ago, full of enthusiasm for the session ahead. After Gov. Peter Shumlin’s budget address on Thursday, however, this first-term Republican says he’s coming to terms with the reality of political life under Democratic rule.

Gov. Peter Shumlin delivered his 2015 Budget Address to a joint assembly of the Vermont Legislature in Montpelier on Thursday, Jan. 15.

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Less than a month after shelving his plan to make Vermont the first state in the nation with a single-payer health care system, Gov. Peter Shumlin used his budget address today to restore his credentials as a committed proponent of serious health care reform.

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Last month, after announcing that he’d decided to shelve single-payer health care, Peter Shumlin said he’d provide unfettered access to any government records showing how he arrived at that choice. But the governor has now decided to withhold from public view scores of single payer documents authored by members of his own cabinet.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin's decision to abandon a single-payer health care system this session echoed at the state house last week as protestors from the Health Care is a Human Right campaign interrupted his inaugural address.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin says his new Lake Champlain pollution plan contains a "carrot and stick" approach to control water pollution from dairy farms.

The carrot is money. The governor says he'll provide funds to help farmers do a better job handling manure.

But if they continue to pollute, he wants to kick them out of a program that reduces their property taxes. That’s the stick.

Implementing a comprehensive plan to deal with the toxic algae blooms in Lake Champlain was a key part of Shumlin's inaugural address on Thursday afternoon.

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Months of waiting are over. A joint assembly of Vermont's House and Senate made it official yesterday: Gov. Peter Shumlin gained a third two-year term with a vote total of 110 to 69 over Republican challenger Scott Milne.
 

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