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Former Rep. Marion Milne Dies

Former legislator Marion Milne died Monday at her home in Washington, Vt.  She was 79.

Marion Milne served six years in the House of Representatives and is best known for the vote that ended her political career.

A Vermont Supreme Court ruling in December of 1999 set in motion the deliberations and often acrimonious public debate over civil unions for same-sex couples.

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Analysis: Lawrence Miller Is Shumlin's Broom To Clean Up Health Exchange

Analysis: Lawrence Miller Is Shumlin's Broom To Clean Up Health Exchange

During the cold war, American intelligence experts would often try to divine what was going on in the Soviet Union by looking at photographs of Kremlin public events. If Ivan Somebody was in the picture two places from the Russian leader in March and again in May, but was gone in a similar photograph in July, that meant something. Most likely that Ivan was toast.

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Video: What You Need To Know About Campaign 2014

Not sure what the deal is with the upcoming Vermont elections? 

To begin with, it’s not a presidential year. Neither of Vermont’s U.S. senators, Patrick Leahy or Bernie Sanders, are up for reelection. And most of Vermont’s incumbent statewide officeholders aren’t facing serious challenges. But Vermonters will have the opportunity to cast decisive votes in plenty of important races this fall, including what promise to be some hard-fought local contests for the House and Senate. 

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DCF Head Tells Legislators Child Safety Is Top Priority

A special legislative committee met in Montpelier Wednesday to hear from a number of key players on child safety issues.

State police officials, local police chiefs and prosecutors were all represented at today’s hearings, which were spurred by two toddler deaths earlier this year that resulted from abuse. Dave Yacovone is the Commissioner of the Department for Children and Families. He says that despite recent problems, today’s hearings show the state’s commitment to child safety.

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New PAC To Boost Pro-Business Candidates

Two state representatives have launched a new political action committee that will try to play a decisive role in local House and Senate races this fall.

Stowe Republican Heidi Scheuermann and Middlebury Democrat Paul Ralston say their group, called Vision to Action Vermont, will lend financial support to the campaigns of candidates who vow to push for economic development initiatives in Montpelier.

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Legislature To Conduct Independent Analysis of Health Care Costs

As Vermont heads down the path toward a single-payer health care system, lawmakers want to make sure the options are affordable for taxpayers and consumers. And the economic analysis about to be launched by the Legislature may duplicate similar work being performed for the Shumlin Administration.

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Ready Or Not, Part 5: Doing The Math

Ready Or Not, Part 5: Doing The Math

Ask any working parent: Child care can be expensive. While some low-income families qualify for subsidies, many middle-class families pay full tuition.

Between 2003 and 2012, rates have risen, on average, about 43 percent, from $140 to $200 per week. That’s one reason many public schools have started free half-day preschool programs, like the one at Lyndon Town School.

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Ready Or Not, Part 4: Teaching The Teachers

Ready Or Not, Part 4: Teaching The Teachers

Research shows that the young brain is developing at a faster rate than we previously thought, and that there are good and bad strategies to help children acquire language and the love of learning.

So Vermont’s child care providers are learning the best way to introduce books into a child’s daily routine.

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Ready Or Not, Part 3: Reaching For 'Stars'

Ready Or Not, Part 3: Reaching For 'Stars'

Beginning in 2015, every public school district in Vermont will have to subsidize at least 10 hours of pre-kindergarten per week for 3 and 4-year-olds.

Some schools do that within their own buildings. Many others partner with private providers or a local Head Start program. Springfield, for example, outsources all its preschool education.

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McClaughry: Legislative Review

The biennial legislative session adjourned a month ago, and it’s a good time to review the results.

The 2015 General Fund budget grew by 5.6% over the 2014 budget approved a year ago. That means that state spending is increasing about twice as fast as state revenues.

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