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Southerners hated carpetbagger Harvey Twitchell of Vermont - The Sun

MIDDLEBURY | In recent years, some Vermont politicians have pinned the 19th-century label "carpetbagger" on flatlander candidates for public office who do not embody their party's policy agenda.

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41 towns decline retail marijuana vote - Vermont Daily

On Town Meeting Day, March 2, voters in at least 20 Vermont cities and towns will decide whether to allow retail marijuana. The new state law says local voter approval is needed before a marijuana store can open. But what about towns that don’t want to vote on retail pot? At least 41 towns don’t even want the question on the Town Meeting ballot.

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Artist raises $$ for wildlife, Long Trail while walking 273 miles this summer - VT Business Magazine

Rob Mullen walked the Long Trail this summer, painting 20 artworks-for-charity along the way. One he even sold to a passing hiker.

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Clean water investment paying off, State says

February 2, 2021 – The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently released the Vermont Clean Water Initiative 2020 Performance Report. The Report summarizes how the state’s $194 million investment in water quality over the past five years is paying off by improving water quality in Vermont’s rivers, lakes, and wetlands.

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State gets $26 mil in Coronavirus Relief to support public transportation

 The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) has received more than $26 million in federal funding through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) to support public transit across the state, Gov. Phil Scott said today.

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New advocacy group fights Burlington ‘burner pan’

Opportunity Vermont, a registered 501c4 organization, announced Feb. 1 a comprehensive effort to inform Burlingtonians about the dangers of the “Burner Ban” resolution. In addition, Opportunity Vermont has released a petition calling on the Mayor and City Council to abandon any proposal that taxes residents who need gas for heat, hot water, or cooking.

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Welch response to election fraud investigation petition: no

The following response to a petition signed by about 750 Vermonters asking Rep. Peter Welch to look into voter fraud drew this response from Vermont’s lone congressperson:

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Gamestop speculation risky, State warns investors

The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) cautions Vermonters about the significant risks associated with investing in publicly traded companies that are experiencing extreme price volatility due to stock speculation.

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Scott open to tax more services and products, if total burden reduced - Vermont Daily

Here are a few selective take-aways from Gov. Phil Scott’s press conference Friday:

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Pearce Makes Her Case - John Walters

Well, we didn’t get our first public face-off between State Treasurer Beth Pearce and the public sector unions on Thursday. But we did get a better sense of Pearce’s argument for cutting benefits in the face of growing unfunded liabilities in the state’s pension funds.

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