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House GOP will support veto of tax bill

MONTPELIER — House Republicans voted in caucus Thursday afternoon to help sustain a veto of a revenue bill — if Gov. Peter Shumlin elects to veto the legislation — as House and Senate negotiators look to finalize how they will raise money to support the state budget. GOP Leader Don Turner, of Milton, asked his caucus to take a position Thursday as negotiators continued to work. “It’s my feeling that if the governor is going to step up and help us … then I think that’s a good thing,” Turner said. Shumlin is opposed to how lawmakers have chosen to raise revenue. The House plan caps income tax deductions at 2.5 times the standard deduction. Continue Reading →

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Capitol Beat 5-11-15

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Barre-Montpelier Times Argus Editor Steve Pappas and Vermont Press Bureau chief Neal Goswami discuss the sexual assault case against Sen. Norm McAllister, R-Franklin, the last week of the session and Bernie Sanders. http://vtpressbureau.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Capitol-Beat-5-11-15.mp3 Continue Reading →

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Capitol Beat with the Governor 5-8-15

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Gov. Peter Shumlin discusses  end-of-session issues that remain unresolved, the possibility that lawmakers will vote to remove the state’s philosophical vaccine exemption and the arrest of Franklin County Sen. Norm McAllister on sex charges. http://vtpressbureau.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Capitol-Beat-with-the-Governor-5-8-15.mp3

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Shumlin defends late budget push

MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin said Friday he is asking lawmakers to cut an additional $10 million from the budget because they have rejected his proposal to institute a payroll tax to help pay for Medicaid costs. Shumlin summoned the chairs of Senate money committees Wednesday — one day before the Senate took up the annual budget bill — to tell them they needed to cut more and tax less. The move frustrated lawmakers who are grinding toward adjournment, which is to come in mid-May. On Thursday, administration officials presented a list of $8 million in further cuts to the Senate Appropriations Committee and made clear the third-term Democrat did not favor their tax plans. “I really feel strongly that the tax packages being contemplated in this building will hurt our economy and hurt Vermonters,” Shumlin said in an interview with the Vermont Press Bureau on Friday. Continue Reading →

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Capitol Beat with the Governor 4-24-15

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Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont Press Bureau chief Neal Goswami discuss competing health care plans, the governor’s intention to sign gun legislation and the merits of lowering the state’s sales tax by expanding it to services. http://vtpressbureau.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Capitol-Beat-with-the-Governor-4-24-15.mp3 Continue Reading →

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State workers, supporters rally against cuts

MONTPELIER — Hundreds rallied at the State House Saturday to oppose cuts to the state budget and $10.8 million in labor savings sought by both the Shumlin administration and lawmakers in an event organized by the Vermont State Employees Association. The state employees’s union was joined by other unions and groups, including the Vermont NEA, AFSCME and the Vermont Workers Center, to protest the the budget plan sought by Gov. Peter Shumlin and lawmakers. The House has passed a budget that uses $33 million in new tax revenue, $53 million in cuts and $25 million in one-time funds to close a $113 million budget gap. The VSEA and others, however, want to see more tax revenue raised and fewer cuts. The House-passed budget includes $10.8 million in labor savings that Shumlin, a Democrat, proposed. Continue Reading →

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Capitol Beat with the Governor 04-10-15

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Gov. Peter Shumlin chats with Vermont Press Bureau chief Neal Goswami about the ongoing process to find $10.8 million in labor savings from the Vermont State Employees Association. He also discusses a failed effort to ban teacher strikes and lawmakers’ efforts pare down his legislative proposals. Continue Reading →

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