Governor Peter Shumlin has
unveiled his plan to boost state spending next year by 3.4 percent without raising
any broad based taxes. But the budget proposal does rely on roughly $60 million
in new revenue from a variety of other sources.
Many Vermont lawmakers say gun control
legislation would be best handled at the federal level. But House Speaker Shap
if a bill is debated in Montpelier, it needs to emerge first
from the Senate.
Senator Patrick Leahy says he’s hopeful that Congress
will pass a comprehensive package of gun control restrictions including ban the
sale of semi automatic assault weapons, closing the gun show loophole for background
checks and limiting the capacity of gun magazines.
state has signed an agreement with a central Vermont
developer to build the first privately run rest area on Interstate 89. At
a signing ceremony in Randolph on Wednesday, Gov. Peter Shumlin said the
new center will save the expense of replacing and
maintaining an aging state-run rest area nearby.