Vt. Senate Committee Considers Scaling Back Gas Tax

The Senate Transportation committee is set to make a key change in the gas tax bill that was adopted by the House several weeks ago. Lawmakers are eyeing the gas tax as a way to raise new revenue to allow the state to take full advantage of all federal matching money that’s available. 

Vermont Releases Insurance Rates Under Obamacare

Vermont became the first state on Monday to publish the rates it would charge people who don’t currently have health insurance to get coverage – a key step toward establishing the health exchanges that are central to the federal health care law known as Obamacare. Health officials said Monday the rates are comparable to current commercial rates.

Legislative Preview: April 1, 2013

It will be a lot quieter in the Statehouse this week. Over the past couple of weeks, the House and Senate spent many hours on the floor pushing priorities through one chamber or the other. Now it’s back to committees again and some of the issues may sound pretty familiar. The Senate Appropriations Committee tackles the budget, for one. And legislators will also deal with unfinished business from Town Meeting Day

Vt. House Advances Lake Shore Protection Bill

The Vermont House has advanced a bill aimed at enhancing the protection of Vermont’s lakes from the damaging effects of some shoreline development. But environmental groups say the bill has been significantly watered down.