Senate President John Campbell charts the course for the Senate over the next several weeks. Plus, rocker-turned-professor Joe Gittleman relates his experiences from life on the road in a Lyndon State classroom.
and the Vermont chapter of the ACLU are suing the town of Franklin and its
moderator, Timothy Magnant, in Vermont Superior Court for allowing a pastor to recite the invocation before Town Meeting business each year.
Voters in 31 towns have decided to boost a
property tax benefit for disabled veterans. State
law allows towns to exempt the first $40,000 of a disabled
veteran’s property value from local taxes. But
up until a few years ago, many towns did not allow the full benefit.
For the second consecutive year, the five
towns of the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union have voted to form one unified
The vote passed along a similar
margin in 2010, but opponents in the town of Addison
were able to overturn the results in a re-vote.
A number of Southern Vermont towns had ambitious
school renovations on the ballot. School officials have been saying that even in a
time of austerity, it’s economically unwise to put off building improvements. But the results
town warnings ask voters to shell out money for worthy causes, but in the Northeast Kingdom, the stakes are especially high for non-profits who
depend on tax dollars. Private donations can be hard to come by these days, and
in recent years, voters have also become choosy about how to divvy up scarce