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Legislators Head Home

Posted by Karen Horn on 21 May 2015

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The legislature folded its tent last Saturday and headed home to the relief of everyone – including the legislators themselves. They managed to close a $133 million gap between budget and revenues with a combination of increased taxes and cuts. Even before the appropriations and revenue bills were signed, legislators understood that they will be facing a budget deficit of $50-70 million for fiscal year 2017 when they return in January. And those are just the General Fund money woes. Expect a similarly contentious session in 2016.

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Water Quality Management - TMDLs Taking Shape

Posted by Karen Horn on 5 February 2015

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Legislation concerning water quality and Lake Champlain is everywhere in the State House this week.  It’s in the House Corrections and Institutions, House Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources, House and Senate Transportation, House and Senate Agriculture, House Ways and Means, and Senate Natural Resources and Energy committees. The conversation has been about cleaning up the waters of the state, and everywhere the commitment to address phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain is evident.  But how do we get there? What is the plan for local governments? Who pays?

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