December 6, 2002 – News at a glance

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Medicinal marijuana findings
The state Legislature’s Medical Marijuana Study Committee has concluded that marijuana has medical value as a drug that can ease pain.

Businesses react to tax proposal
The president of one of Vermont’s largest direct marketing companies doesn’t like the idea of collecting more taxes from catalog and online sales. State budget faces revenue shortfall Governor-elect Jim Douglas has warned that state government faces a serious budget problem. Douglas says his administration may cut programs and lay off state workers to avoid a budget deficit.

States consider ‘streamlined’ sales tax
It’s likely that the Legislature will be asked this winter to give its approval to a streamlined sales tax plan that will allow the state to collect revenues from mail order and Internet companies. The proposal, which could bring the state millions of dollars in new revenue, would require some important changes to Vermont’s sales tax law.

Douglas names ANR and commerce secretaries
Republican Governor-elect Jim Douglas has picked Elizabeth McLain to lead the Natural Resources Agency and he’s selected business lobbyist Kevin Dorn as his new commerce secretary.

Vermont utility sells NH subsidiary
A Vermont power company has agreed to sell its New Hampshire subsidiary. Central Vermont Public Service Company of Rutland says it will sell the small Connecticut Valley Electric Company to Public Service of New Hampshire.

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