A key House committee gave preliminary approval yesterday to a tax package that would raise an additional $26 million. The move puts the committee on a collision course with the governor. Vermont officials say FEMA has agreed to fund the replacement of a culvert in Townshend that was washed out by flooding from TS Irene. The Vermont Senate has advanced legislation that would toughen environmental review over an oil pipeline if its use significantly changes. Vermont’s Mount Snow ski resort is telling its employees that they won’t be able to also work at a competing resort. Eleven Vermont State Police dogs are getting protective vests thanks to a nationwide campaign.